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Raw 1/18/2021: Six Man Tag Action, Ricochet vs. Styles, Bliss vs. Asuka Main Events!



Here's what's on tap for tonight:

  • Randy Orton and Alexa Bliss plan for fireball fallout

  • Non-Title Match: Asuka (WWE Raw Women's Champion & WWE Women's Tag Team Champion) vs. Alexa Bliss

  • Six Man Tag Team Match: Lucha House Party & Riddle vs. The Hurt Business

The show opens with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Per usual and to no surprise, it's very well done.


We're in the ThunderDome for this MLK Day edition of Raw. Randy Orton is backstage is start. He is speaking in the darkness. He talks about fighting with fire and he's wearing a mask to cover his burns. He says the voices in his head have never been louder. He says three weeks ago he had Alexa Bliss' fate in his hands and he showed compassion. He says he had hatred for himself and turned to his next victim (Triple H) but Alexa Bliss returned to interrupt. Now look at him!! This is the damnation he received for showing compassion. Every time he closes his eyes, all he sees is that ball of fire! Highlights are shown. If Orton had any compassion left, it left his body when that inferno hit his face. Orton watches more highlights. Despite the agony he felt, he considers himself lucky to only come away with first degree burns. He doesn't blame Bliss though. He blames "him"!! He blames THE FIEND!! Highlights of Orton setting The Fiend on fire are shown. Orton says no doubt The Fiend is responsible for this. The Fiend wants to stop Orton from achieving the inevitable. Highlights of Orton winning the Rumble are shown. Orton says he knows everyone in the locker room is happy he got burned but it won't stop him from winning the Rumble. He vows to still enter the Rumble and he enjoys the pain. It fuels his every move. Orton says everyone can thank The Fiend when he burns all their Rumble dreams to ashes as he goes on to main event WrestleMania. Orton lights a match and blows it out! Good stuff here from Orton!!



Commentary talks about what Orton just said. Quick props to Samoa Joe for chopping off his air and donating to kids! Commentary switches to talking about Goldberg vs. Drew McIntyre at the Rumble. Goldberg will be on the Dirt Sheet tonight. Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka later tonight as well. Commentary transitions to Charlotte Flair and we see highlights of her match against Lacey Evans and we see how Ric Flair cost Charlotte the match. Ric Flair and Lacey Evans arrived to the arena together today. Charly Caruso catches up to them and ask about their relationship. Lacey says this isn't TMZ. Lacey tells Charly to have respect for a legend. Lacey tells Charly that Ric was leaving up to his dirtiest player in the game name. Lacey is simply learning and can't wait to watch her partner, Peyton Royce, defeat Charlotte.


Charlotte Flair (WWE Women's Tag Team Champion) vs. Peyton Royce

PEYTON ATTACKS CHARLOTTE DURING ENTRANCES!! We go to a break. The match will start after!


The match begins and Charlotte takes Peyton to the corner. Charlotte attacks but Peyton turns the tide in the corner. Charlotte takes Peyton to the mat and both ladies roll to the outside to brawl. Chops by Charlotte. Back in the ring, Peyton rolls out the other side. Charlotte follows and continues the beat down throwing Peyton into the announce table. Peyton continues to try to get away but Charlotte is relentless. Peyton sends Charlotte into the ring post and gets a near fall back in the ring. Chin lock by Peyton. Charlotte rolls out and levels Peyton with a clothesline. Charlotte attacks but Peyton avoids a charge in the corner. Near fall for Peyton. Strikes by Peyton and she sends Charlotte into the turnbuckle. Charlotte is sent into the opposite corner where she flips over. Charlotte with a near far roll up. Charlotte with a neck breaker out of the corner. WOOOO!! HERE COMES RIC FLAIR!! LACEY EVANS COMES OUT WITH HIM WEARING A ROBE!! PEYTON WITH A SPIN KICK!! 1...2...NO!! We go to a commercial.


We're back and Charlotte gets a near fall off a roll up. Jaw breaker by Peyton but Charlotte sends Peyton to the apron. Peyton with a kick to the head. Peyton goes to the top but Charlotte counters with a back breaker and throws Peyton face first into the corner for a near fall. Charlotte hits a big boot that sends Peyton to the outside. Charlotte dares Lacey to come to the ring. Peyton beats the count but Charlotte stomps her continually. Charlotte goes for a knee strike and it's a botched spot. Twice actually. Peyton counters and hits a kick for a near fall. Charlotte counters a suplex and chop blocks Peyton. Charlotte focuses on the knee now! CHARLOTTE LOCKS IN THE FIGURE EIGHT AND PEYTON TAPS!! Alright match with Peyton getting some time to shine. Everything after the break was good. Post match, Charlotte leaves it locked on! Another ref shows up to make her break the hold.

W: Charlotte Flair via submission @ 12:02


Commentary talks about the win and Asuka facing Alexa Bliss tonight. Alexa is inviting Asuka to her playground tonight.


Riddle runs into the Hurt Business backstage. Riddle admires how nice they all dress. Riddle makes fun of them and Lashley tells the Hurt Business he's got it. Lashley likes the flip flops and stomps Riddle's foot. Riddle falls but tells Lashley he'll see his foot later up his ass!


Lucha House Party checked on Riddle in the locker room. Riddle says he will tape up his foot and will be good.


Xavier Woods is facing Mace next. Mustafa Ali promo now from earlier today. With Kofi Kingston out, he's out to break his heart and spirit. He hopes Kofi will miss the Rumble and Elimination Chamber because then he'll know how Ali felt when Kofi took his spot! He may be on to something there.


Xavier Woods vs. Mace w/ Retribution

Ali talks trash to Woods before we start and WOODS DECKS HIM! Commercial.


Mace backs Woods into the corner to start and Woods uses his speed to escape. Same thing in the opposite corner. Woods tried punches but gets pushed off. Mace grabs Woods by the throat and slams Woods hard. Near fall for Mace. Mace throws Woods to a corner and splashes him. Into the opposite corner where Mace knees Woods in the back for a near fall. Mace grounds Woods with a submission. Ali tells commentary that Mace will break Woods' jaw tonight. Woods tries some chops but Mace stops that. Woods drop kicks Mace's knee and delivers elbows to the back of his neck. Woods rolls into the right hand of Mace but Woods hits a kick to Mace sending him to the outside. Ali rallies the troops. Mace beats the count as all members of Retribution circle the ring. Mace takes control and HITS WOODS WITH A SPINNING SIDE SLAM THAT APPEARED TO BE BOTCHED FOR THE WIN!! He honestly just dropped him! Not good guys. Ali tells Woods to tell Kofi that Retribution says get well soon!

W: Mace via pin @ 4:05


WWE Raw Women's Champion and Women's Tag Team Champion Asuka walks backstage to maker her way to the ring. Sara asks Asuka what does she expect and Asuka says he doesn't know. That's next!


We get the breaking news video with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman that WrestleMania 37 will be in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. Sasha Banks announces that WrestleMania 38 will be in Texas at AT&T Stadium. Lastly, John Cena says WrestleMania 29 in 2023 will be in LA at SoFi Stadium. Pretty good stuff here from Triple H, Stephanie, and Cena.


Alexa Bliss makes her way to the ring for Alexa's Playground. Bliss takes a seat on a swing and welcomes us to her playground. Before we start, she wants to address the viper in the room. She just came to talk to Randy Orton last week and things got heated haha. She can recommend a good sun block. She's glad Orton is doing ok. She has a special guest tonight who happens to be her opponent. She introduces Asuka. Asuka takes a seat on the other swing. Bliss says that's not her seat and Asuka gets up. Both ladies trade laughs. Bliss says they'll get to their match later but Bliss has big news. SHE'S ENTERING THE RUMBLE!! Bliss says if she wins the Rumble and Asuka is still champion, they could face each other at WrestleMania. Asuka would be honored because she's a big fan. Bliss thanks her. Asuka says "Of course, Yowie Wowie". Bliss takes offense and says don't say that. Asuka's music hits and she dances. Bliss wants the music cut and says "Stop it!!". Bliss looks at the empty swing and says "You're right". If Bliss had acted differently, he would still be here. Asuka tries to help and says The Fiend is still here but Bliss says don't say his name. The horse in the corner starts rocking and Asuka leaves. Bliss gets on the horse and everything is cool now.


Commentary talks about the Royal Rumble. Goldberg will be on later.


The Miz and John Morrison are backstage. Sara asks them what's in store for Goldberg on the Dirt Sheet. Miz says no spoilers but it'll be controversial!


Shayna is backstage talking about her upcoming match. Shayna talks about the women's Rumble. Shayna says no one will stop her from winning the Rumble. Not even her partner, Nia Jax. Shayna and Nia briefly get into it. Shayna vs. Mandy is next!


WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett gives his thoughts on Drew McIntyre vs. Goldberg. Jarrett quotes Toby Keith and says Goldberg will become the new champion. I hope you're wrong Jeff!


Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke vs. Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax

Nia joins commentary. They lock up and Mandy tries to take Shayna down with little luck. Shayna with a knock down and a near fall. Commentary is busy asking Nia about her partnership with Shayna while Shayna is beating down Mandy. Nia understands that both her and Shayna want to win the Rumble. Shayna lands a kick to the back for a near fall. All Shayna so far. Shayna stomps the air of Mandy. Dana distracts allowing Mandy to roll up Shayna for a near fall. Mandy with clothesline and a flap jack. Mandy takes Shayna to a corner and delivers right hands. Stomps by Mandy but Shayna goes back after the arm. Mandy keeps fighting but Shayna takes her down by the arm. SHAYNA LOCKS IN THE KIRIFUDA CLUTCH AND MANDY TAPS!! Short and sweet. Commentary tells Nia that Shayna could be the next Rumble winner and all Nia says is shut up! Shayna and Nia argue after the match and Dana kicks Nia into Shayna which sends them into the ring post.

W: Shayna Baszler via submission @ 3:44


Commentary hypes Asuka vs. Bliss for later tonight.


Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax argue backstage and Charly asks what's going on. Baszler and Jax admit that they have never gotten along. They says Charlotte and Asuka are too busy with other issues that now is the perfect time to get their tag titles back.


We see highlights of the stuff with Charlotte and Lacey earlier. We get it and we saw it already. Unfortunately, we'll probably see it again later. Sara is backstage with Charlotte. Charlotte says he has been accused of living off her last name and that's exactly what Lacey is doing now. Charlotte has been learning from Ric her whole life. Charlotte says she can only take so much. Lacey can wear the robe but she'll never wear the crown.


Commentary talks about what happened last Friday with Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce.


Adam Pearce talks to Ricochet backstage. Ricochet has a chance to qualify for the Rumble. AJ Styles and Omos interrupt. Styles says Pearce is the last person Ricochet should take advice from. Ricochet and Styles trade insults. Ricochet says Styles needs more than Omos to stop him. Styles says he doesn't like Pearce anymore. If Styles doesn't like you, Omos doesn't like you. Omos stares down Pearce. Ricochet can prove he should be in the Rumble next!


Ricochet vs. AJ Styles w/ Omos

They lock up and we get a clean break. Styles grounds Ricochet with a head lock. Ricochet escapes and takes down Styles. Both men trade counters. Styles goes for a Styles Clash but Ricochet counters with a near fall. Head scissors by Ricochet and he uses his speed to send Styles across the ring. A drop kick by Ricochet sends Styles to the outside. Ricochet tries a baseball slide but Styles catches his feet but Ricochet sends Styles to the floor with another head scissor. Both men beat the count. Ricochet dives to the outside but Styles ducks and Omos catches Ricochet. The ref demands Omos put him down so he just drops him on the floor as we go to a break.


Back from the break, Styles is in control as he takes Ricochet to the corner. Back breaker by Styles as he continues to wear down Ricochet. Ricochet fights to his feet and hits a jaw breaker. Ricochet counters a German and hits a tornado DDT!!! Punches, a knee strike, and a clothesline by Ricochet gets a near fall. Ricochet goes for a Recoil but Styles avoids. Ricochet hits a German with a bridge for a near fall. Ricochet misses a boot with hits an elbow. Styles catches Ricochet in mid air and HITS A BRAIN BUSTER!! 1...2...NO!! Styles with a fireman's carry neck beaker over his knee!! 1...2...NO!! Styles goes to the apron but RICOCHET COUNTERS THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM WITH A RECOIL!! 1...2...NO!!! Awesome! Ricochet goes out to the top. Styles takes him out and Ricochet falls to the apron. Ricochet hangs Styles on the top rope. RICOCHET GOES FOR A SPRING BOARD BUT STYLES CATCHES HIM!! STYLES FRONT FACE SUPLEXES RICOCHET ON THE TOP ROPE AND CATCHES HIM ON A REBOUND AND HITS A STYLES CLASH!! WOW!! THAT DOES IT!! Styles is amazing and made Ricochet look great in the process. Best Raw match in months!!!

W: AJ Styles via pin @ 12:59


A video package for McIntyre vs. Goldberg is shown.


Highlights from Alexa's Playground are shown.


Time for the Dirt Sheet. The Miz and John Morrison welcome us to the biggest edition of the Dirt Sheet. Their guest tonight is a hero to many and can be a hero for a new generation. The Miz introduces Goldberg as the biggest guest in Dirt Sheet history. GILLBERG COMES OUT!!! He looks rough! Morrison hypes his training. Miz says this is the most important match of his career. Gillberg starts talking and the crowd boos!! DREW MCINTYRE'S MUSIC HITS AND IT'S AN IMPERSONATOR. He can barely get in the ring and his wig falls off in the process. This is bad!!! He's about a foot shorter than McIntyre. Miz blames Morrison for the bad acting. The crowd heavily boos!! Miz says both McIntyre and Goldberg will lose at the Rumble because he will cash in. Miz says he will be the next WWE Champion because HE'S THE MIZ AND HE'S......NEXT!!! This segment was terrible and that probably doesn't begin to describe how bad it truly was!


Six Man Tag Team Match

The Hurt Business w/ MVP vs. Lucha House Party & Riddle

Riddle has his foot taped up but it doesn't keep him from flipping the flops! Cedric and Metalik start it off. Cedric is aggressive early on. Metalik avoids him with speed abut Alexander takes him down and refuses to tag Shelton. Back breaker by Cedric but Metalik is able to tag Dorado. Cedric lands some strikes on him. Cedric offers a tag to his corner but both Shelton and Lashley refuse. Dorado hits a moonsault for a near fall. Cedric backs Dorado to the ropes and Shelton tags himself in. Dorado rolls him up but Shelton is up and levels Dorado with a clothesline. Shelton sends Dorado hard into the corner and gets a near fall. Lashley tags in and dominates Dorado. Cedric tags himself in and then Shelton tags himself in right away. Punches by Shelton in the corner. Cedric tags himself back in. SPRING BOARD STUNNER BY DORADO!! Cedric prevents the tag though. Shelton tags back in and Cedric and Shelton argue!! Shelton pushes Cedric out of the ring as we go to a commercial.


We're back with Cedric beating down Dorado. Near fall for Cedric. Cedric offers a tag to Lashley. Lashley slams Dorado and asks Cedric what his problem is. Lashley tags Shelton back in and throws Dorado across the ring. Suplex by Shelton and Cedric tags back in. Cedric attacks in the corner and puts Dorado on the top turnbuckle. I don't think Riddle has be in yet, Dorado comes off the top with a cross body!! There's Riddle finally and Shelton tags in as well. Riddle goes wild with forearms! Forearms for everyone! Shelton blocks a suplex but Riddle escapes a power bomb. Final Flash knee by Riddle!! 1...2...NO!! Riddle misses a Floating Bro!! Metalik tags in and hits a cross body on Shelton. Metalik runs the ropes and this a rana!! Shelton counters and slams Metalik. Cedric tags himself in again!! Brain buster by Cedric!! Lashley tags himself in!! He decks Riddle and SPEARS METALIK!! HURT LOCK BY LASHLEY AND METALIK TAPS!! The Hurt Business win is the right call but I don't like all of the arguing. Riddle nails Lashley and bails! Shelton and Cedric continue to argue. I beg WWE not to break these guys up. It's WAY TOO SOON!!

W: The Hurt Business via submission @ 12:18


Commentary says Jeff Hardy will face Jaxson Ryker tonight. We see highlights of what happened last week with Hardy, Ryker, and Elias. Elias and Ryker are backstage. Elias doesn't want another misunderstanding this week. Elias says there has to be trust. Elias reminds Ryker that WWE stand for Walk with Elias. Ryker says he will finish what Elias started last week. Ryker says he will beat Hardy until he accepts the universal truth.


We will hear from the real Drew McIntyre next!


WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is with us and he's still asymptomatic. McIntyre saw the Dirt Sheet. He'll see Miz and Morrison soon. McIntyre says he respects Goldberg but that respect doesn't outweigh what he'll do to retain his championship. McIntyre says he saw a glimpse of the real Goldberg when he shoved McIntyre. Goldberg needs to bring that Goldberg or McIntyre will beat him in 2 minutes. McIntyre vows to be at Raw next week!


Jeff Hardy announced on social media earlier today that he is entering the Rumble.


Jeff Hardy vs. Jaxson Ryker w/ Elias

Hardy avoids a charging Ryker right away. Both men battle in the corner as Ryker takes control. Hardy avoids Ryker in the corner and he builds offense. Classic Hardy offense and he gets a near fall. Mule kick by Hardy sends Ryker to the corner. Ryker avoids the charge and takes down Hardy for a near fall. Strikes and punches by Ryker. Back suplex by Ryker for a near fall. Ryker locks in a chin lock. Hardy battles to his feet and hits a jaw breaker followed by a neck breaker. Hardy goes up to the top BUT ELIAS KNOCKS HIM OFF THE TOP AND THE REF CALLS FOR THE BELL!! Ryker seems upset because he asked Elias not to help. Elias says Hardy was going to hit the Swanton and nobody kicks out. Ryker claims he could of! Kind of funny there. Hardy kicks Elias with a baseball slide!! Ryker takes out Hardy post match. Elias and Ryker talk through things.

W: Jeff Hardy via DQ @ 3:10


Alexa Bliss is backstage skipping towards the ring. Her match with Asuka is next!


Commentary says Drew McIntyre and Goldberg will BOTH BE ON RAW NEXT WEEK!


Non-Title Match

Asuka (WWE Raw Women's Champion & Women's Tag Team Champion) vs. Alexa Bliss

They lock up and they counter each other before Bliss gets brief control. Asuka takes her down and dances. Bliss turns the tide and a rolling cover gets a near fall. Stand off and then Bliss with another fall. Strikes by Asuka followed by a knee. Shining Wizard by Asuka for a near fall. Bliss is smiling! Asuka looks for a crossface chicken wing but Bliss gets to the ropes. Clean break as Bliss goes to the outside. Bliss avoids a baseball slide. Bliss gets in the ring and THE LIGHTS START GOING OUT AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL!!


We're back with Bliss having her hair up and black lipstick on now while standing in the middle of the ring. Asuka looks on like what is going on. Asuka seems hesitant to engage. Asuka tries some kicks but Bliss blocks them all. Asuka charges and Bliss knocks her to the mat! Asuka rolls out of the ring and is slow to get back in. Big knee strike by Asuka rocks Bliss. Asuka charges in the corner and Bliss hangs there like Bray Wyatt does forcing to Asuka to stop in her tracks. Bliss looks for the Mandible Claw but Asuka blocks. Asuka tries a German but Bliss blocks and lands a big right hand! 1...2...NO!! Bliss slowly walks around the ring stalking Asuka. Bliss kneels down and helps Asuka up. Asuka lands a kick and a back first! Another kick but BLISS CATCHES HER AND HITS SISTER ABIGAIL!! 1...2...3!! Strange stuff but I liked it. Bliss continues to be great with her character!

W: Alexa Bliss via pin @ 11:36


The lights flicker and the "fun" Bliss is back laughing with no black lipstick and her hair back down!! LET ME IN!! End Show.


Next Week:

  • WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Goldberg will be live!

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