Date: February 1, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
The Big Takeaway --
Edge defeated Randy Orton in the main event after Alexa Bliss appeared randomly to distract Orton.
Sheamus turned on Drew McIntyre and appears to be his next title challenger.
Damian Priest debuted and beat The Miz (and also got a rub from Bad Bunny and Edge), Naomi & Lana earned a tag title shot after Charlotte walked out on Asuka, and Carlito teamed with Jeff Hardy to beat Elias and Jaxson Ryker.
Show Recap --
Drew McIntyre entered to start the show. McIntyre said we were on the road to WrestleMania and the Royal Rumble was awesome last night. He earned Goldberg’s respect and Goldberg earned his. He thanked Goldberg. McIntyre ran down the events of last night and put over all the matches. He also put over Bianca Belair as a future star.
Edge interrupted as McIntyre was about to speak about the men’s Rumble match. McIntyre called Edge a mentor who looked out for him when they were on the road. He remembered how terrible it was the day that Edge had to retire.
McIntyre also remembered AJ Styles’ boot in his throat during last year’s Rumble match when he heard, “you think you know me.” McIntyre thought Edge was done after his latest injury but was happy and proud that he won the Rumble.
Edge thanked him for the kind words but had to be blunt with him. Edge asked, “what the hell is wrong with you?” Edge said he was an immediate threat but McIntyre was showering him with compliments instead of kicking his head off. McIntyre said he wasn’t like a certain opportunist, he was a different kind of champion.
Sheamus interrupted. Sheamus wondered how Edge could question a champion who carried the company through uncharted waters while he was sitting at home nursing an injury. He threatened Edge. McIntyre backed off Sheamus.
McIntyre wanted to know what Edge’s decision was (regarding WrestleMania). Edge said he would assess his options. Edge warned McIntyre that he had a huge target on his back. Edge said that no matter who he chooses, he will walk out of Mania as champion. Edge left.
McIntyre posed with his belt and turned around into a Brogue Kick by Sheamus. They played crowd booing as Sheamus walked off.
The announcers were perplexed. Samoa Joe explained to the other announcers exactly why Sheamus would knock out the WWE Champion.
Charly Caruso asked Sheamus for a comment. Sheamus said McIntyre was no longer his friend and he wanted the WWE title. Drew Gulak appeared with Sheamus’ bags. Sheamus grabbed his stuff and left.
US Championship: Riddle defeated Bobby Lashley (w/MVP) via DQ (1:40)
The announcers put over Riddle’s performance in the Rumble and his exchange with Daniel Bryan. Riddle had a black eye.
Lashley applied the Hurt Lock with Riddle on the apron. The ref tried to stop Lashley but he didn’t break before the five-count so the ref called the DQ (after giving him a few more seconds). I think they said Riddle tapped while he was in the hold but it obviously didn’t count.
Lashley put Riddle in the hold again after the match and they played “you suck” chants. MVP told him to stop because he was going too far. Lashley gave him a death stare and put Riddle in the hold again.
Even though MVP initially seemed concerned, he was happy with Lashley afterwards. The announcers explained that Lashley was pissed that Riddle was among those who eliminated him from the Rumble.
Bad Bunny was shown arriving at the building. He’s on MizTV tonight.
Officials were still tending to Riddle ringside after a break. Riddle couldn’t remember what happened or who he was facing. They told him it was Lashley and he tried to get up but they stopped him.
Randy Orton promo
Orton cut a promo backstage. He didn’t think it was possible that Edge would return, let alone return in the Rumble at number one and win it. There was a problem with that, though. Orton told the world that Edge would never return and now Edge has made him a liar.
Orton said he put Edge through hell because he loved him and wanted him to be home with his family. Orton told Edge that he was not main-eventing WrestleMania. There would be no mercy or compassion tonight.
They announced Edge vs. Orton tonight.
Kofi Kingston told Xavier Woods that Mustafa Ali has lost his mind thinking everything that happened to Kingston two years ago should have happened to him. Kingston had Woods’ back tonight.
Xavier Woods (w/Kofi Kingston) defeated Mustafa Ali (w/Retribution) (4:07)
Mia Yim and Mace were not there.
Woods hit a side Russian leg sweep and discus clothesline but T-Bar broke up the cover. The ref yelled at Retribution instead of calling for a DQ. Kingston jumped off T-Bar’s shoulders to wipe out Slapjack with a dive. Ali tried to use the distraction to score a rollup pinfall but Woods countered into a rollup of his own for the win.
Bad Bunny was shown speaking to Damian Priest in the back.
We’ll hear from McIntyre again later tonight.
MizTV with guest Bad Bunny
Tom Phillips said this could be the biggest MizTV ever with perhaps the biggest guest ever.
Miz and John Morisson put over Bad Bunny’s performance last night and introduced him. Miz said what happened between them last night was a misunderstanding. They aired a video recap.
Miz apologized. Bad Bunny accepted. Miz and Morrison were expecting an apology but he didn’t give them one. Miz said he heard a rumour that Bad Bunny wanted to be a “WWE superstar” one day. Bad Bunny confirmed that it was one of his dreams.
Miz mentioned how successful Daniel Bryan was learning under him and he offered Bad Bunny the opportunity to do the same. All they wanted in return was his help getting a recording deal. Miz and Morrison sang in Spanish until Bad Bunny interrupted them.
He called them “special” but wasn’t interested in their offer. Miz got angry and told him that he wasn’t talking to Shakira and J-Lo. Miz warned him but Bad Bunny said he was only on MizTV because his friend wanted to be on it too.
Damian Priest entered and embraced Bad Bunny before knocking down Miz with a forearm. Morrison bailed to check on Miz as the segment ended.
Damien Priest (w/Bad Bunny) defeated The Miz (w/John Morrison) (4:23)
Priest wiped out Miz and Morisson with a dive early on but Miz took over after raking Priest’s eyes. Miz was paying too much attention to Bad Bunny which allowed Priest to block a kick and come back with strikes and a Broken Arrow for two. Priest was distracted by Morrison which allowed Miz to hit a big boot.
Miz went for the briefcase but Bad Bunny took it away. Morrison confronted Bad Bunny so he gave him the briefcase. Bad Bunny then clocked Morrison in the face with his microphone. Priest gave Miz the Reckoning for the pinfall win.
There was a recap of the Alexa Bliss stuff. She faces Nikki Cross tonight.
Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander defeated Lucha House Party to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships (11:12)
MVP joined commentary.
Gran Metalik made a hot tag and LHP got a chance to shine after that. Metalik had Alexander pinned after a senton but Benjamin just barely broke up the cover. Alexander hit a knee strike but Benjamin tagged himself in and hit Metalik with Pay Dirt for the pinfall win. Good match.
Alexander was annoyed but MVP got in the ring and settled things down. They bumped fists.
Sarah Schreiber interviewed Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Charlotte felt bad she let her team down. Asuka wanted to speak for herself. She said she was ready but they only lost because of the distraction by Lacy Evans and Ric Flair. Charlotte said the only thing on her mind was winning the titles back. Asuka was happy to hear that but her response also felt like a warning to Charlotte not to mess up again.
Triple threat tag team match: Naomi & Lana defeated Raw Women’s Champion Asuka & Charlotte Flair and Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke (11:07)
Asuka hit Rose with a shining wizard for a nearfall. Lana tagged in but Charlotte knocked her down and took over. Naomi made a tag and hit Charlotte with a jawbreaker, strikes and a Disaster kick for two. Charlotte cut off Lana with a big boot which led to everyone trading moves.
Charlotte hit Natural Selection and Ric Flair’s music hit at that exact moment. Ric and Evans entered. Instead of continuing to wrestle, Charlotte acted like a child and tagged in Asuka because she didn’t want to deal with it. Asuka looked confused as Charlotte just walked away.
Naomi hit Asuka with the Rear View for the pinfall win. Naomi and Lana will face Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler for the titles.
Caruso interviewed McIntyre. McIntyre said it would be an honour to face Edge at Mania. Regarding Sheamus: McIntyre was emotional in explaining that families fight all the time but this felt different. McIntyre looked at the camera and told Sheamus that if he wants to throw away their 20-year friendship over the title then so be it. McIntyre accepted his challenge.
They announced that Carlito would be wrestling on Raw tonight for the first time in ten years and they played a video package. (This continued the trend tonight of them announcing things throughout the show instead of at the beginning.)
Jeff Hardy & Carlito defeated Elias & Jaxson Ryker (5:55)
They worked over Hardy until Carlito made the hot tag and ran wild on Ryker. Elias tagged in and used a schoolboy for two. Carlito hit a backstabber and tagged in Hardy who nailed a Swanton Bomb for the pinfall win. (Carlito and Ryker didn’t exactly work well together, but it’s hard to be critical of Carlito for that.)
There was an Edge/Orton video package. They claimed that this would be their last match against each other.
Edge cut a promo backstage. He was torn. On one hand, he was ecstatic that he returned and won the Rumble while outlasting 29 of the best wrestlers in the world. But on the other hand, there was a black cloud named Randy Orton. Edge said Orton had the opportunity to go bell-to-bell just like he did, but instead, he claimed he had a knee injury.
Edge said Orton needed to stop talking about his family. He needed to put Orton in his rearview mirror and win back the championship that he never lost. He gets closure tonight for having to explain to his daughters why he couldn’t lift them or play soccer with them. It ends tonight.
There was a Black History Month video featuring Big E, Titus O’Neil and Montez Ford.
Edge saw Priest in the back and told him that he was impressed by him last night. They shook hands.
Alexa Bliss defeated Nikki Cross (6:43)
Cross was in control until Bliss hit a forearm and celebrated with child-like joy (as stated by the announcers). Bliss only got a two count and reacted with an “aw-shucks” look. Bliss played hopscotch before kicking Cross in the gut.
Cross began making a comeback but stopped when Bliss’ old music played and she transformed into regular Alexa Bliss. Bliss acted like everything was normal and was ready to have a competitive match. Cross wasn’t buying it and attacked her.
The Funhouse music played and child-like Bliss was back. Bliss used her own version of Sister Abigail (a DDT) for the pinfall win. This was extremely dumb and bad.
As Bliss began leaving, Orton entered (for his match). They crossed paths on the ramp. Bliss stared at Orton as they passed each other but Orton didn’t look at her.
Edge defeated Randy Orton (16:04)
Edge tried to end the match early with a few pinfall attempts because he wrestled 58 minutes last night. Edge tried the Antivenom but Orton knocked him down and took over. Edge came back with an Edgecution DDT for two. Orton countered a spear into a powerslam and tossed Edge shoulder-first into the post. Orton also chucked him into the steps which led to break.
Orton was in full control after the break until Edge knocked him down with a right hand. They collided with clothesline attempts and Edge went to the top. Orton went after him but Edge fought him off and hit a flying clothesline for two. Edge countered an RKO into an Edge-O-Matic for two.
Edge drove Orton off the apron and he crashed into the barricade. Edge went for a cover in the ring but Orton rolled back outside. Edge went after him but Orton thumbed him in the eye and gave him a back suplex onto the announce desk. Orton slingshotted Edge into the bottom rope before hitting the draping DDT.
Orton set-up for the RKO when Alexa Bliss suddenly appeared on the top turnbuckle as blood (or something) poured out of her mouth. Edge speared Orton for the pinfall win. Bliss disappeared.