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Start time for tonight’s WWE RAW is 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
Tonight’s RAW will feature the Rated-R Superstar, Edge, who won his second Royal Rumble last night. Edge has wrestled just four matches in almost ten years, and two of those matches have been Royal Rumbles. Tonight Edge will be live to possibly name his WrestleMania opponent, either Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns. Of course, there were two Rumble matches last night and SmackDown’s Bianca Belair is also being teased for tonight’s show.
Sadly, WWE hasn’t announced anything ahead of tonight’s RAW, so we can only guess as to what might take place. Riddle is still embroiled in a feud with Bobby Lashley, our new Women’s Tag Team Champions should be on the show, and Charlotte needs to sort out her issues with Lacey Evans. Not to mention the WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will need a new program heading into the Elimination Chamber PPV.
That’s the preview ahead of tonight’s WWE RAW. It could be a fun show that should start to set-up some possible WrestleMania storylines. We want to know what you guys and gals are thinking and what you’re hoping to see, so join in the conversation in the comments below. Enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with the WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre, making his way to the ring.
Drew welcomes us to the show and says tonight marks the start of WrestleMania season and so this is no ordinary RAW. McIntyre says the Royal Rumble was awesome, from him and Goldberg beating each other senseless to Bianca Belair solidifying herself as the future. And then there was the men’s Royal Rumble match. He had his eye on that one in particular.
Before the Champion can say anything else, Edge makes his way down to the ring. McIntyre says from the day he came to America, Edge was there for him as a mentor and a friend. He was there when Edge retired and it was an awful day. And then last year he remembers being in the corner during the Rumble, being choked by AJ Styles, when he heard Edge’s music and it was surreal. Then Edge got injured again and he thought that was it. But it wasn’t it and Edge is back again and won the Rumble. So congratulations.
Edge thanks him for the compliments but says he has to be blunt because he likes him… “what is wrong with you?” Edge says he won the Rumble and he is the biggest threat to Drew, so why is he complimenting him instead of kicking his head off. Drew says that’s something an opportunist would do but that’s not him. Edge says he’s damn right he’s not him.
Sheamus comes out and says Edge should be happy to get all that praise. But he’s not happy because Edge is criticizing a man that carried WWE through uncharted times while he sat at home nursing a tricep. Sheamus asks Edge who he thinks he is and says he doesn’t want to take the high road like Drew. McIntyre tells him it’s OK, he’s got it, then tells Edge to make a decision.
Edge says he’s been in the game a long time, he is an ultimate opportunist, and he’ll make the decision when he’s ready. Edge says McIntyre has a big target on his back and he’s playing a dangerous game. He’ll know when he’s chosen, but whoever he chooses he’s leaving WrestleMania as Champion. After Edge leaves, Shamues hits Drew with a Brogue Kick!
Sheamus is walking backstage and Charly Caruso stops him for an interview. She says they’ve been friends for years but Sheamus cuts her off and says that’s just it, all he is these days is Drew McIntyre’s friend. Well they’re friends no longer and he’s coming for the WWE Championship.
United States Championship
(C) Bobby Lashley W/MVP Vs. Riddle
The match gets underway and Riddle storms Lashley in the corner. Lashley shoves him away but Riddle goes right back to the assault. Riddle batters Lashley with kicks against the ropes but Bobby lifts and slams Riddle. Lashley lifts Riddle and hits a stalling release suplex and stares at him with disdain. Lashley runs at him but gets caught with a headscissors over the ropes.
Riddle hits a PK from the apron, then hits a spinning tope to Lashley on the floor. Riddle puts Lashley inside the ring and looks to get inside himself but Lashley grabs him with the Hurt Lock on the apron. Riddle fights it and grabs the rope. The referee counts to five but Lashley doesn’t break the hold so the ref calls for the bell.
Winner Via Disqualification: Riddle
Lashley drops Riddle to the floor, then realises he was disqualified and is furious. Lashley climbs out of the ring and puts Riddle back in the Hurt Lock as MVP tries to get him to stop. Lashley relents but then reapplies it and throws Riddle over the barricade. Lashley leaves in a fury and MVP rubs his hands like he’s found gold.
We see a replay of the Kick-Off Show from last night, where Charlotte and Asuka lost the Women’s Tag Team Titles to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, thanks to Ric Flair and Lacey Evans. Later tonight there will be a Triple Threat tag match to determine the new number one contenders to Jax and Baszler.
A white sports car shows up backstage and out steps the rapper, Bad Bunny.
We return to find doctors checking on Riddle at ringside. Riddle doesn’t even know who he was wrestling or what happened.
Randy Orton is backstage and he addresses Edge, saying he didn’t think it was possible Edge would ever be back. But not only did he come back but he entered number one and won the whole damn thing. So congrats. But the problem is he looks like a liar for telling the world Edge was gone for good. He did everything he could to Edge out of love, he beat him to near death and even attacked his wife in the hope he would go home and stay home. Well he’s not going to main event WrestleMania because Edge has overlooked him. Tonight there will be no mercy or compassion for Edge.
Kofi and Xavier Woods are backstage and Kofi is hyping him up for a match. Kofi says Mustafa Ali is out of his mind and tonight Woods can get some payback for last night. But unlike last night he has his back. They make their way to the ring.
Xavier Woods W/Kofi Kingston Vs. Mustafa Ali W/Retribution
We get underway with a stiff lock-up and Woods forces Ali to the corner. Ali takes the back but Woods turns it around and forearms Ali against the buckles Ali kicks Woods in the gut, then berates him but Woods comes back with a shoulder tackle. Woods clotheslines Ali over the ropes to the floor, getting some payback for the elimination last night. Woods jumps over the ropes onto Ali, then throws him into the barricade.
Woods stares at T-Bar and Slapjack before getting in the ring, allowing Ali to catch him with a swinging neckbreaker for a one-count. Ali grounds-and-pounds Woods while talking trash to Kofi. Ali chokes Woods with a boot in the corner, then whips him to the opposite buckles and follows-up with a neckbreaker for a two-count. Ali applies a sleeper in the middle of the ring.
Woods rallies and flings Ali off, then hits a side kick to the gut, and another. Woods with right hands and chops, then lands a headscissors into a Russian leg-sweep. Ali looks for a tornado DDT but Woods throws him off and hits a discus clothesline for Luke Harper. T-Bar stops the pin attempt but Kofi jumps onto his shoulders and onto Slapjack. Ali rolls-up Woods but he counters it and gets the pinfall!
Winner: Xavier Woods
We get a promo for WrestleMania, which is only 68 days away!
A replay is shown of the start of the show where Edge confronted McIntyre, then Sheamus dropped the WWE Champion with a Brogue Kick.
The Miz and John Morrison come to the ring for an episode of Miz TV. The main man welcomes to the most talked-about talk show in WWE history. Miz talks a little about WrestleMania before saying his guest tonight was the star of the Rumble: Bad Bunny. The rapper comes to the ring and Miz thanks him.
The Miz says he needs to clear the air for any misunderstanding they had last night. We see a replay of Bunny’s performance, then his confrontation with Miz and Morrison. Miz says he has heard that Bunny wants to be a WWE Superstar and he says it’s true, it’s one of his dreams. Miz says he is the man who can take people to the top.
He can help Bunny to the main of WrestleMania and all they want in return is a recording deal. Miz and Morrison then sing and rap. Bunny says they are special but he’s not interested. Miz gets angry and asks if he knows who he’s talking to. They’re in his world and he might not make it out of the ring. Bunny has some back-up in the form of former North American Champion, Damian Priest. Priest Comes to the ring and immediately drops Miz with a big right hand. Miz and Morrison high-tail it as we head to the break.
Damian Priest W/Bad Bunny Vs. The Miz W/John Morrison
We return as this match gets underway and Priest drops Miz with a spinning heel kick. Miz rolls outside to regroup with Morrison but Priest dives over the ropes onto them both! Priest gets Miz back inside and drops him with a right hand for a two-count. Priest looks for a back suplex but Miz rakes the eyes, then shoves him into the ring post.
Miz peppers Priest with elbows and kicks in the corner, then hits a running clothesline and taunts Bunny at ringside. Miz goes up top for an axe handle but only scores a one-count. Miz lands the It Kicks and taunts Bunny again but his next kick is blocked. Priest lands some big hands and a clothesline, then goes to the corner and hits a running back elbow. Priest with a Broken Arrow for a near-fall.
JoMo gets on the apron to cause a distraction and Miz creates some separation. Miz looks to grab the Money In The Bank briefcase but Bad Bunny pulls it away. Morrison approaches Bunny and threatens him so Bunny hands the briefcase over…then hits Morrison with a microphone! Miz is stunned and Priest grabs him from behind to hit The Reckoning for the win!
Winner: Damian Priest
We see a replay of last week when Alexa Bliss challenged Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship but it ended with Randy Orton returning and hitting Bliss with an RKO. Later tonight, Alexa will face Nikki Cross.
RAW Tag Team Championships
Lucha House Party Vs. The Hurt Business
MVP is on commentary for this one. Shelton starts the match against Lince Dorado and eats a few punches before landing a strong shoulder tackle. Benjamin throws Dorado across the ring, then lifts him up but Lince rolls down his back and kicks him back. Metalik tags in and jumps onto Dorado’s shoulders then onto Benjamin for a sloppy hurricanrana.
Dorado hits the ropes but Benjamin catches him with a snap back suplex before tagging Cedric. Dorado tags back in and they double-team him in the corner and Alexander rolls outside. Shelton comes in but he eats a dropkick and rolls outside. Cedric and Shelton get on the apron but both get knocked off with springboard kicks.
Back live and Alexander catches Dorado with a Michinoku Driver for a near-fall. Shelton tags in and hits a body slam for a two-count, then moves to a sleeper hold. Dorado rallies and hits an incredible float-over snapmare but Shelton cuts him off with a big gutbuster. Hurt Business start to isolate Dorado in their corner and make quick tags. Dorado catches Benjamin with a DDT to create some distance and both men make tags.
Metalik hits an amazing springboard arm-drag to Alexander, then a hurricanrana. Dorado jumps off the ropes onto Benjamin but is caught, so Metalik wipes them both out with a suicide dive. Metalik drops Cedric with a boot to the jaw, then tags Dorado for a splash. Metalik hits a springboard swanton and covers but Shelton breaks the pin attempt. Cedric rallies but Benjamin tags himself in and hits the Recoil for the win.
Winners: The Hurt Business
Cedric is angry with Benjamin but MVP tells them all that matters is that they won.
Charlotte and Asuka cut a promo backstage and say they are ready to avenge their loss last night. Asuka says if it wasn’t for Ric Flair they would have won the match but tonight they won’t get distracted. They make their entrances for the number one contender three-way.
Charlotte & Asuka Vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke Vs. Lana & Naomi
The match begins with Naomi and Charlotte and they lock-up. Charlotte mocks Naomi by doing some back-flips and they both attempt dropkicks before kipping-up and staring at each other. Mandy Rose and Asuka tag in but barely do anything before Lana and Dana Brooke tag themselves in. Lana attempts a roll-up but Dana kicks out and whips her to the corner for a running elbow.
Mandy Rose tags in and drops Lana with a knee for a two-count. Asuka comes in but Rose takes her down with punches, then knocks Naomi off the apron. Brooke tags in and helps Mandy hit a flapjack to Asuka. Mandy knocks Charlotte off the apron before her and Dana pose together.
We’re back and Charlotte is in control of Mandy Rose. Charlotte beats her into the corner but Rose turns the tables and kicks her a few times before tagging Brooke. Dana takes Charlotte down and punches and kicks her, then puts her in the corner and tags Rose. They hit a double suplex to Charlotte but she lands on her feet and tags Asuka before hitting a double clothesline.
Asuka comes in with a hip attack to Mandy, then slaps her rear in the view of Naomi. Asuka slams into Mandy in the corner, then hits a running knee for a two-count. Asuka hits a missile dropkick to Mandy and Lana tags herself in. Charlotte comes back in and takes control of Lana with her strength. Charlotte taunts Naomi as she lifts Lana up for a powerbomb but Lana counters with a slow hurricanrana.
Naomi gets the hot tag and batters Charlotte with rights and lefts, then hits a springboard kick for a two-count. Lana tags back in and hits a running knee to Charlotte’s back. Everyone comes into the match one at a time and hits their signature moves, ending with Charlotte hitting Natural Selection. Ric and Lacey Evans come out to the stage and Charlotte tags Asuka before leaving to confront them. Asuka is distracted and Naomi hits Rear View for the win.
Winners: Naomi & Lana
Believe it or not, Naomi and Lana are the number one contenders to Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, presumably for the Elimination Chamber PPV.
The WWE Champion is interviewed by Charly Caruso backstage. She asks how he’s feeling and Drew says it would be an honour to face Edge at WrestleMania. As for Sheamus, families fight all the time. He and Sheamus have certainly fought before but this was different. McIntyre addresses Sheamus and says if he’s willing to throw away a 20-year friendship over the WWE Championship, then so be it. If he wants the match he’s got it.
We see a video highlighting the career of Carlito and his return at the Royal Rumble last night.
Carlito & Jeff Hardy Vs. Elias & Jaxson Ryker
Carlito starts against Elias and they lock-up. Elias uses his strength but Carlito hits a snapmare takedown and takes a wristlock. Jeff gets the tag and hits an axe handle from the middle rope to Elias’ arm. Ryker tags in but Jeff scoops him up and hits a leg drop to the groin for a one-count. Ryker forces Hardy to the corner and tags Elias but Jeff takes a wristlock. Ryker distracts Jeff, allowing Elias to attack Jeff.
Ryker and Elias take control of the match and Rker slams Hardy in the corner before hitting a suplex. Elias comes in and clubs Hardy with right hands to the gut, then connects with a back elbow. Elias wraps Jeff around the ropes and pulls his head back. Elias taunts Carlito before tagging Ryker and they team-up to hit a shoulder to the gut and a sit-out chokeslam for a near-fall.
Ryker attempts a diving headbutt but Jeff moves, then hits a mule kick before tagging the coolest man in the match. Carlito comes in hot with back elbows to Ryker, a kitchen sink knee and a dropkick. Carlito kips-up but Ryker kicks him in the gut and tags Elias. Carlito drops Elias and tags Jeff, then hits a baseball slide to Ryker. Hardy lands a Swanton Bomb to score the pinfall!
Winners: Jeff Hardy & Carlito
Strangely enough, the main event is revealed to be Edge Vs. Randy Orton!
We see a great video package of Edge’s retirement, return, feud with Orton, injury, and Royal Rumble win.
Edge is backstage and he says he’s torn; he’s ecstatic because he won the Royal Rumble; but there’s the black cloud hanging over him, called Randy Orton. Last night Orton had the chance to go bell-to-bell, just like he did. But instead he pretended he had an injury and tried to sneak back in at the end. Orton is jealous, he says it’s love but that’s crap. He’s not the man that Edge is. Last night Edge went an hour while Randy went eight minutes, so yeah he’s beat up. But he has to put Randy in his rear view and go back to win the Championship that he never lost. Tonight it ends.
Up next, Alexa Bliss faces her former best friend Nikki Cross. Bliss makes her way to the ring as we head to the break.
Edge is walking backstage and Damian Priest approaches him. Edge says he was impressed by him last night and he looks forward to sharing the ring with him someday.
Alexa Bliss Vs. Nikki Cross
The bell rings and Cross tries to talk some sense into Alexa but she ignores her. They lock-up and Cross takes Bliss down with a side headlock. Alexa counters with a headscissors. Cross fights up and hits a crossbody, then again tries to get Alexa to reason with her. Nikki hits a running forearm in the corner and a snap suplex for a two-count. Bliss hits a jawbreaker and two right hands to drop Cross.
Alexa cheers herself on, then looks confused when Nikki kicks out. Alexa hits a dropkick to Cross, then stands on her back and slams her face into the mat. Bliss does hop-scotch that leads into a kick to the gut. Bliss continues the assault and looks like she’s considering the Mandible Claw but Cross kicks her away. Cross beats Alexa in the corner but suddenly Alexa’s old music plays and she’s dressed like her old self.
Cross is weirded-out but drops her with a clothesline, then attacks her in the corner. The Funhouse music plays and Alexa is back in her new gear, laughing. Cross runs but gets tackled to the mat. Alexa wrangles her and hits Sister Abigail with a DDT twist for the win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
As Alexa is leaving, Randy Orton comes out and stops beside her on the ramp. He doesn’t look at her as he makes his way to the ring.
Edge Vs. Randy Orton
The bell rings and Edge catches Orton with a crossbody right away. Edge unloads some right hands and hits a big boot. Edge lands a knee to the jaw and covers for a quick one-count. Edge attempts the Anti-Venom submission but Orton pulls his hair and slams him down. Orton lifts Edge and hits a European uppercut, then kicks the ribs and grinds his heel on them. Orton slows things down and keeps Edge in the corner.
Orton continues the beatdown until Ede catches him with the Edge-Cution for a two-count. Edge really wants to finish this because he’s hurt, so he takes to the corner and runs for a Spear but gets caught with a snap powerslam. Orton lifts Edge and throws him into the ring post, then out of the ring. Orton whips Edge into the steel steps as we head to the final break of the night.
We return to find Orton beating Edge around the ring with a fury and Edge can’t stay on his feet. Orton kicks Edge in the gut and backs him to the corner but Edge throws a Hail Mary punch and drops Orton. Both men climb to their feet and hit a double clothesline. Edge rolls to the apron and climbs the ropes but Randy climbs up with him and looks for a Superplex but Edge punches him off. Edge hits a flying clothesline and both men are down.
They both get up and Orton attempts an RKO but Edge counters with the Edge-O-Matic and gets a near-fall. Orton rolls to the apron and stands with his back to the ring, so Edge shoulder tackles him and sends him flying into the barricade. Edge rolls out to chase after the Viper and get him inside, but as Edge attempts a pin Randy rolls out the other side. Orton leans on the announce desk and when Edge nears him Randy sticks a thumb in the eye.
Randy hits a back suplex onto the announce desk, then drags Edge off and back into the ring. Orton puts Edge under the bottom rope and catapults him into it throat-first. Orton then drags Edge over the middle rope and hits the draping DDT. Orton is ready, drops to the mat and pumps up for an RKO…but creepy music starts playing and Alexa Bliss is on the top rope with black goo pouring out of her mouth. Orton is obviously distracted and Edge hits a Spear to win!
That’s it for this week’s WWE RAW. Let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for all your wrestling news. Until then, stay safe!