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WWE Raw live results: Royal Rumble fallout


Date: January 27, 2020
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX 

The Big Takeaway -- 

Edge’s emotional comeback promo was interrupted by Randy Orton, who seemed sincerely happy to see his old friend before giving him an RKO and attacking with a chair. Edge came across like an all-time legend and the fans were pissed at Orton.

Show Recap -- 

There was a recap of Drew McIntyre winning the Royal Rumble match last night. (They showed him eliminating Brock Lesnar, The Miz, Baron Corbin and Seth Rollins, but not Roman Reigns.) 

Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Jerry Lawler are the announcers. They ran down tonight’s card. 

McIntyre entered. The crowd chanted “you deserve it.” McIntyre said he needed somebody to pinch him because he felt like he’s been dreaming for the past 24 hours. McIntyre said he won the Rumble and was going to WrestleMania. 

McIntyre knew that some guys in this position like to draw this out, but he had an announcement to make right now. “I challenge Brock Lesnar.” The crowd cheered. He said guys in the back were afraid of Lesnar, but he wasn’t. He saw Lesnar last night and knew he would Claymore Kick him out of the ring and would beat him for the title at Mania. 

McIntyre wanted to hand out a few Claymores right now and have a Claymore Party. He challenged anyone from the back. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson entered. Anderson accepted the challenge, then Gallows told Anderson that he would face McIntyre. McIntyre said he would fight them both. 

2-on-1 handicap match: Drew McIntyre defeated Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (2:19) 

McIntyre beat up both men and handed out 3-2-1 Claymore Kicks to both guys. He placed Gallows over Anderson and made the cover for the pinfall win. 

McIntyre chucked both guys from the ring, but as he did, Brock Lesnar slid in behind him. Lesnar grabbed McIntyre and gave him an F5. The crowd booed him loudly. 

The people liked McIntyre but it wasn’t a resounding reaction. Lesnar did get a lot of heat for laying him out, though. 

They’re pushing Edge’s appearance hard. They aired highlights from his TLC match at WrestleMania 17 in 2001, winning the tag titles with Christian over the Hardy Boyz and the Dudleys. 

Rey Mysterio defeated MVP (8:59) 

Lawler said Mysterio was wrestling in his home state tonight. He’s not. MVP had a large Punisher logo on his gear. 

MVP got a two count with the “Ballin’” elbow drop. Mysterio hit a 619 to MVP’s back (MVP saw it coming and tried to move but Mysterio caught him in the back anyway), then hit a springboard frog splash for the pinfall win. This was just a match. MVP didn’t look particularly good here. 

Aleister Black defeated Kenneth Johnson (0:33)

Black won quickly with the Black Mass. 

Black said he got eliminated from the Rumble but wouldn’t blame Seth Rollins or Buddy Murphy. He only had himself to blame. If he starts something and doesn't finish it, that loss is on him and he owns it. He’s made a mistake the past few months waiting for people to pick a fight with him. He warned the Raw locker room that he was bringing the fight to them. 

Seth Rollins (with Buddy Murphy) promo 

Rollins and Murphy entered. Rollins said he was so close to winning the Rumble for the second year in a row but was eliminated by McInytre. Rollins told McIntyre to enjoy this while it lasts because the fans will soon stab him in the back. 

Rollins wanted to talk about the positives instead, which was him eliminating Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe, ensuring that they would not go on to Mania. The other big positive was that he and Murphy became the new tag team champions. Rollins called himself a benevolent leader, which is why he accepted the title challenge from Owens and Joe tonight. Owens and Joe entered. 

Owens informed Rollins that he’s been an absolute jackass the past few months and added, “you suck now,” which was funny. Rollins told them to come down and fight. Joe wondered why Rollins was so eager to fight after avoiding them for so long. Owens wondered if AOP were hiding nearby waiting to jump them. 

Rollins said he told AOP to stay in the back. In fact, he knew he’d be accused of lying, so he set up a camera in the back to show that AOP were backstage. They were shown on the screen. Joe accused him of using pre-taped footage. Rollins said he wasn’t a liar, then Owens called him a liar. Rollins ensured them that the feed was live and had AOP say a few words. 

Owens thanked Rollins for this, because now they can stop searching. Suddenly, the Viking Raiders attacked AOP. Owens and Joe marched to the ring for their match as they went to break. This was fun. 

Last week, Murphy didn’t say a word despite there being three different Rollins talking segments. He didn’t say anything here, either. 

[Second hour] 

They showed a clip of Edge cashing in Money in the Bank at New Year’s Revolution 2006, winning the WWE Title from John Cena. 

Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy defeated Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe to retain the Tag Team Championships (15:49) 

Owens and Joe worked over Murphy for the first few minutes. Murphy went for a springboard crossbody but Joe just simply sidestepped him, which popped the crowd. Owens wiped out Rollins with a senton off the apron, then Joe took out Murphy with a dive, leading to a break. 

Back from break, they replayed Joe’s dive and said that Joe was forced to leave by officials (presumably he was knocked out). Joe was shown leaving while refusing help. 

The heels worked over Owens until he gave Murphy a DDT and hit Rollins with a frog splash. Murphy caught Owens with a kick and tagged in Rollins, then Owens gave Rollins a pop-up powerbomb for a nearfall. Murphy tried a superplex but Owens fought him off and hit a senton, but Rollins broke up the cover. 

Owens took out Rollins with a flip dive, but Murphy followed with a running kick. Owens avoided a curb stomp, then gave Rollins a stunner. However, Murphy caught Owens in a schoolboy while holding the tights for the pinfall win. Murphy and Rollins retain. 

They aired a clip of Edge returning to win the 2010 Rumble. (They included a shot of him eliminating Chris Jericho.) 

They recapped Becky Lynch defeating Asuka. Charly Caruso interviewed Lynch backstage. She asked Lynch if the win accomplished what she wanted. Lynch said it did something even better. After she won the match, she took a shower and stared at her belt, and it hit her: “I really am better than the rest of those dopes!” 

She wanted to slap her own head for doubting herself. She said the next arse that she beats will be one that she wants to, not one that she “has” to. Caruso asked her about Charlotte Flair possibly challenging her. Lynch said it wouldn’t be the first time, but it would be the last. Lynch turned around to reveal “G.O.A.T.” written on her jacket before leaving. 

United States Championship match: Humberto Carrillo defeated Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) via DQ (10:35) 

Saxton referred to Andrade as a “certifiable a-hole.” Lawler was in disbelief. Carrillo hit a dive and they went to break three minutes into the match. Andrade was in control after the break. They messed up a counter spot, then Carrillo used a springboard crossbody and standing moonsault for two. 

Carrillo tried a springboard move again but Andrade kicked the rope out from under him. Carrillo came back with a Disaster Kick and moonsault. It seemed like he might get the win but Vega jumped in and broke up the cover for the DQ. Carrillo won the match, but Andrade retains the belt. 

Carrillo attacked Andrade afterwards, launching into the steel steps. Carrillo then removed a mat to expose the concrete floor. (It actually wasn’t concrete, but the black boards they use to cover up a hockey rink.) Carrillo then gave Andrade a hammerlock DDT on the exposed floor. The crowd popped for that. Vega was in tears as officials checked on Andrade. 

The next Edge clip was his retirement speech on Raw in 2011. 

Charlotte Flair promo 

Charlotte came out in her gear. She pointed at the sign and reminded us that she won the Rumble. She was happy to brag because she was indeed Charlotte Flair. They aired highlights from the match. Flair announced: “I am going to challenge… for a championship.” She laughed and said she was still thinking about it. 

Asuka and Kairi Sane interrupted. Asuka cut a promo mostly in Japanese and was quite amused with herself. A few people chanted for her, too. She said she would have won the Rumble if she was in it. Charlotte wondered if she was challenging her. Asuka and Sane attacked her and gave her a suplex and they abruptly went to break. 

[Third hour] 

Charlotte Flair defeated Tag Team Champion Asuka (w/Kairi Sane) via DQ (14:12) 

I’m thinking Charlotte was the babyface between these two. However, Saxton, always a babyface, was critical of Charlotte for making a non-announcement and credited Asuka for targeting the Rumble winner. Lawler, often a heel, was critical of Asuka for ruining Charlotte’s announcement. 

Asuka pushed Charlotte off the top to the outside, which they blamed on a distraction from Sane. After a break, Asuka gave Charlotte a bulldog for two. Charlotte dodged a missile dropkick and followed soon later with a big boot for two. Charlotte missed a moonsault and Asuka caught her in a submission. Charlotte then deadlifted her off the mat and nailed a powerbomb for two. 

Asuka followed with a Codebreaker for two. Charlotte ducked a kick, Asuka ducked a boot, then Charlotte hit a spear for a nearfall. Sane stomped around in frustration at ringside. Charlotte put Asuka in the Figure Four, then as she started to bridge into the Figure Eight, Sane came off the top and nailed her with an Insane Elbow for the DQ. Second straight DQ. 

Sane attacked Charlotte until Charlotte made her own come back and fought her off. Asuka pulled Sane from the ring. 

The Street Profits talked about Raw and said tonight was Rated R. Kelly Kelly showed up and they were happy to see her. Angelo Dawkins was particularly happy to see her. They want the smoke. 

Mojo Rawley (w/Riddick Moss) defeated No Way Jose to retain the 24/7 Championship (0:24) 

Rawley cut a promo before the match saying he was willing to defend the title anywhere, including your mom’s house, because this was no longer the hide-and-seek title. He said any great quarterback needed a great offensive line as protection and introduced us to his in the form of Riddick Moss. Rawley won quickly with a lame press slam. 

Someone from the conga line jumped in and put Rawley in a schoolboy to win the title. It was R-Truth. Truth got a big reaction. Moss blocked Truth from leaving the ring, then Rawley slammed Truth to regain the belt. 

Liv Morgan defeated Lana (2:38) 

They went back and forth for a bit until Morgan won fairly quickly with a flatliner. This was a nothing segment. Lawler figured this feud is far from over. 

After that thrilling match, they promised us an Erick Rowan match up next. 

Erick Rowan defeated Branden Vice (1:02) 

Lawler told Saxton to check what’s in the cage. Saxton said it might be time for a bathroom break. Indeed. Rowan won with the claw slam. 

They aired clips of Edge’s return last night. Edge is up next. 

Edge segment 

Edge came out to fireworks. He high-fived all of the announcers during his entrance. He was introduced as an 11-time champion and WWE Hall of Famer. The crowd cheered and chanted “welcome back.” Before he could speak, they erupted in chants of “Edge.” 

Edge said the fans have no idea what the reactions last night and tonight mean to him. It’s why they do this. He thanked them. They chanted “you still got it,” and he responded, “you’re damn right I do!” He knew that people wanted to know how he was even standing there. 

Nine years ago, he was medically disqualified from ever doing this again. He refused to live in a world of “what ifs.” He got to work to make that “what if” disappear. Over the years, he started to feel pretty good, and he asked himself, “What if? What if I came back home?” The crowd loudly chanted “welcome home.” 

Edge got to work, got a second neck surgery, and busted his ass. He got into the best shape of his life at the age of 46 so he could end his career on his terms. Edge found himself in the Rumble and saw some old faces and new faces: Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, Matt Riddle, and the list goes on. 

He hoped to see them all again down the road. He wasn’t fooling himself, either. He didn’t know how long this would last but hoped the fans would join him on the ride. The crowd chanted “Yes.” Edge was happy to get his first “Yes” chant and owed Daniel Bryan a thank you. 

Edge knew he was older and greyer and had some crow’s feet, but that was the roadmap that got him there. He had one thing in particular: grit. If you knock him down, he gets back up. 

Randy Orton interrupted. They hugged and Edge seemed moved. Orton said he had a self-destructive personality, especially when he was younger, but there was one guy who pulled him out of that hole and it was Edge. Orton welcomed him home. Edge had tears in his eyes. 

Orton said he felt their chemistry last night and it was special. Orton heard Edge saying, “what if?” and asked, “What if Rated RKO got together one more time?” The crowd erupted in “Yes” chants. 

Edge looked around, then Orton planted him with an RKO. Edge had a look of shock as he grabbed the back of his head. Orton grabbed a chair and nailed him in the back. The crowd booed and chanted “you suck.” Orton placed Edge’s head into the chair, stepped up to the middle rope, then thought better of it and left the ring. 

Orton then ran back down, grabbed two chairs and gave him a con-chair-to. 

This was pretty terrific. People were screaming at Orton not to attack Edge with the chair. The only negative, of course, was that nobody thought to run down and help.  

The show ended about five minutes past the hour.