Date: January 6, 2020
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
The Big Takeaway --
Brock Lesnar will enter the Royal Rumble match at number one (it wasn’t announced as a title match).
Big Show returned to team with Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. The trio will apparently face Seth Rollins and AOP next week in what’s being billed as the first-ever “fist fight” in WWE history. I say apparently because the announcement at the end of the show was rushed.
Andrade retained his US title over Rey Mysterio with a lot of help and ripped off his mask afterwards. Mysterio attacked Andrade, so the two are not done yet. Buddy Murphy also isn’t done with Aleister Black. He attacked Black after his match and there will be a third match between the two next week.
Also, Lana and Lashley got married. Lashley faces Rusev next week.
Show Recap --
I quite literally just finished watching Wrestle Kingdom 14. Time for Raw.
There was a video recap of the wedding, then the announcers ran down tonight’s announced matches.
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out to start the show. They were pretty heavily booed, so Heyman responded, “Happy new year to you, too, bitches.” Heyman wanted to kick off the new year by making history, because that’s what Lesnar does. Heyman said Lesnar wanted to know who would challenge him for the title at the Royal Rumble.
Heyman asked him earlier who he thought was worthy, but Lesnar told him that nobody from Raw, Smackdown or NXT was worthy. Heyman told the crowd not to boo, then they cut to the audience and some guy was staring at his watch. Heyman noted all of the things Lesnar was told he couldn’t do, like beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania, but he did it anyway.
Their announcement was this: Lesnar was entering the Royal Rumble match and would enter first. Heyman noted that Lesnar could cross paths with Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins. Anyone who gets in the ring would have to face Lesnar. He would enter first and would be standing in the ring last. Heyman said this wasn’t a prediction, it was a spoiler.
They cut to the announcers, then Lesnar suddenly crossed them to get to the back. Heyman urged them to speak nicely about Lesnar.
In the back, Rey Mysterio cut a promo in Spanish while facing the camera. He then told Sarah Schrieber that this title match meant everything, because his career has days remaining, not years. He thanked his son for believing in him, for believing he can face the best. He said Andrade didn’t deserve to represent the Latinos and he would take back the US title tonight.
Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the U.S. Championship
There was a spot early on where Mysterio launched Andrade face-first into the steel steps, which looked and sounded great (and Vega sold it big), so they replayed it a few times. After a break, Mysterio hit a tilt-a-whirl DDT for a nearfall. Mysterio dodged a double foot stomp and tried a sunset flip powerbomb on the outside, but Andrade countered with a double knee strike.
Andrade tried the triple verticals but Mysterio countered into a small package for two. Andrade escaped a 619 attempt and hit a back elbow for two. Mysterio hit a Canadian Destroyer and got the three count, but Vega had placed Andrade’s foot on the rope. Mysterio’s music played and he thought he won, but the referee saw Andrade’s foot and told them to restart the match.
They showed a replay for the TV audience of Vega putting Andrade’s foot on the rope but, for some reason, this wasn’t shown on the big screen so the referee didn’t see it.
Back from break, the match was underway and Mysterio was back in control. He sent Andrade into the barricade, then hit a Code Red for two. On the apron, Mysterio did a sunset flip sending Andrade into the post. The crowd chanted “This is awesome.” Mysterio followed with a springboard leg drop for a nearfall.
Mysterio tried a wheelbarrow bulldog but Andrade just planted him for a two count. Mysterio dodged a double knee strike and hit a 619. Mysterio went to the top but Andrade rolled outside. Mysterio leaped onto Andrade, then hesitated when he saw Vega. Andrade then dumped Mysterio into Vega, who fell down.
As Mysterio showed concern for Vega, Andrade launched him into the barricade. Andrade tossed him into the ring and set up for the hammerlock DDT, but the referee stopped Andrade for some reason. Mysterio sold like he might’ve been knocked out as the ref checked on him. Mysterio rolled outside to check on Vega again as officials ran down to tend to her.
As Mysterio re-entered the ring, Andrade caught him and gave him the hammerlock DDT for the pinfall win. (Not sure what happened here or why the ref stopped Andrade. Maybe he thought Mysterio was hurt and wanted to check before they continued.) This was a fun match before the finish.
After the match, Andrade ripped off Mysterio’s mask, then walked off with Vega. Referees placed a towel over Mysterio’s head.
Charly Caruso interviewed Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. Owens said Rollins was right. Owens doesn’t play well with others and Joe doesn’t even try to play with anybody ever. Owens said they needed to watch each others’ backs against Rollins and AOP.
Joe asked Caruso to propose a challenge for them to Rollins and AOP. Joe wanted the three of them against the three of “us.” Owens hoped he wasn’t referring to Caruso as their partner. Joe told him not to worry, he had a guy.
After a break, Caruso found Rollins and AOP. Rollins told Caruso that they live for challenges, and he wanted to take Raw to the next level. He said the fans made him the chosen one and he sacrificed everything to be their messiah. He was skeptical that Owens and Joe had a partner, but said AOP would take care of anyone who stood up to them.
The Miz will be on WWE Backstage tomorrow to discuss the return of John Morrison.
The Street Profits cut a promo in the ring. They said everyone was talking about the Golden Globes or about who would be Kevin and Joe’s partner, but they were here to change the conversation. They weren’t impressed with the OC’s hand sign and told the Viking Raiders that they planned on pillaging. They want the smoke.
Triple Threat Tag Match: The Viking Raiders defeated Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and The Street Profits to retain the Tag Team Championships (15:18)
AJ Styles came out onto the stage with Gallows and Anderson but then went to the back.
Erik ran wild and the Viking Raiders almost had it won after a Viking Experience on Montez Ford, but OC barely broke up the cover. Ivar took out Angelo Dawkins and Anderson with a dive, then Gallows tossed Erik over the barricade. OC were in control after a break. The crowd briefly chanted “We want the smoke.”
Ivar tagged in and ran wild on the OC but missed a charge on Anderson. Dawkins tagged in and suplexed Ivar. He gave Erik a spinebuster, then Ford hit a frog splash. Anderson had blind-tagged in and tried to steal the pin but Ivar broke up the cover. Ford hit a flip dive on Gallows but also took out Dawkins in the process.
Erik gave Anderson a powerbomb and Ivar followed with a diving splash for the pinfall win. Viking Raiders retained. This match was fine.
Backstage, Caruso asked Joe who their partner was. Owens wanted to know who it was too because he’s done a lot of bad things to a lot of people here and just wanted to be prepared. Joe offered to show him, then Caruso followed them as they walked away.
After a break, Joe led Owens to a door and let him know that their partner was inside. Owens peered inside as Joe blocked Caruso from peeking. Owens was happy. Caruso asked who their partner was but Joe told her to that good things come to those who wait.
Becky Lynch promo
Lynch said she has been walking around for months wondering what kind of champion she was. She let the doubters get to her head and she forced the powers that be to give her a rematch against Asuka. She was starting to doubt her wisdom on that decision.
Over the holidays, she wondered what it really meant to be “The Man.” She wondered if she should be happy with what she’s accomplished so far and listen to those in the back who are just “looking out” for her and avoid the one woman she can’t beat. She cut to a video of Asuka beating her at last year’s Rumble, on Raw a few weeks ago, and at TLC.
Asuka interrupted before Lynch could continue. Asuka spoke mostly in Japanese as she pranced down to the ring with her music playing. She got in Lynch’s face, then Lynch suddenly dropped her with a right hand. Lynch left the ring and walked up the ramp as Asuka got to her feet and yelled at Lynch. Lynch smiled as she looked back at Asuka.
Mojo Rawley approached Erick Rowan backstage and politely asked if he could look in the cage. Rowan said yes, as long as he didn’t tell anybody what he saw. Rawley looked in the cage, then freaked out. He fell back into some boxes and asked Rowan what the hell was wrong with him. Rowan smiled and left.
Schrieber interviewed Andrade and asked if he thought he went too far. As he spoke, Mysterio ran in (not wearing a mask, though you couldn’t see his face) and wildly attacked him as Vega pleaded with him to stop. Mysterio retrieved his mask and put it back on before continuing the attack until some officials showed up to stop him. This was good.
Erick Rowan defeated KJ Orso (0:21)
Rowan won with a claw slam. After the match, Rowan shoved the jobber’s face in the side of the cage to let him peek inside. The jobber came up with a red substance on his face. He ran to the back while screaming.
AJ Styles defeated Akira Tozawa (2:11)
Styles had it won in 40 seconds after a Phenomenal forearm, but he lifted up Tozawa at a two count. He set up for a Styles Clash, but instead did a draping DDT to send a message to Orton. Styles then set up for the RKO like Orton, then hit an RKO for the pinfall win. Styles posed like Orton afterwards. I liked this, but I wish they would’ve used someone other than Tozawa.
As Styles left, a fan appeared to jump in the ring. The guy was wearing a suit. Two other guys in suits, presumably security, tackled him down. The director cut to the ring before quickly cutting away, then they abruptly went to break. (Tozawa appeared to be gone already.)
Lana and Bobby Lashley segment
Lashley and Lana came out. The wedding officiant was in the ring. Vic Joseph said that was the guy who tried to get in the ring before the break. Lana said people didn’t want them to get married, but they were getting married right now.
The wedding officiant said the emergency power was vested on him by the great state of “Oklahomer” and pronounced them husband and wife. They kissed. Lana kicked the officiant out of the ring and called him boring. Lana said she should be happy, but she felt sad. It wasn’t her fault or Bobby’s fault, it was the fault of anyone who didn’t want to see the ring on her finger.
Lana ranted about all of the jealous people and Lashley called Rusev the worst among them. Rusev appeared on the tron standing in front of a green screen of a beach. He congratulated “Mr. and Mrs. Bob.” He suggested they get a joint bank account. He had one with Lana before she cleaned it out. He said they weren’t taking a honeymoon, so he was taking one for them.
He had a gift, which was a series of clips from all the bad stuff that happened during last week’s wedding. The crowd chanted “Rusev Day.” Lana screamed about how much she hated Rusev. Lashley said, “shut up” and Lana abruptly stopped. Lashley said Rusev used to be a man but his ex-wife stripped him of his manhood.
Lashley told Rusev to show up next week so he could rip off what’s left of his balls and shove them down his throat. Rusev said we would get the return of the Bulgarian brute next week and he would do unspeakable things to Lashley. When he was done with Lashley, Lana could take what was left.
Caruso tried to interviewed R-Truth, who set a record for most championship wins in WWE history, but they were interrupted by Liv Morgan. She congratulated Truth on his record, then said Rusev would need someone in his corner next week, “and that is a moment I’d live (Liv) for.”
Charlotte Flair vs. Sarah Logan
The match didn’t happen. Logan attacked Charlotte before the match could start. Logan drove Charlotte into the post and hit a running knee. Charlotte momentarily fought back in the crowd but Logan tossed her into the post again as the referee finally stopped her. Logan grabbed Charlotte’s robe and slammed it against the mat before throwing it outside.
Logan went after Charlotte but she gave Logan a spear. Charlotte tossed her into the barricade, into the side of the ring, then suplexed her into the barricade. Charlotte was about to send her into the ring but Logan drove her into the post for a third time. Charlotte booted Logan, then commanded the ref to get her robe. Charlotte put on her rob, they played her music, and she left.
They announced the following Rumble participants: Brock Lesnar, Erick Rowan, AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio and Ricochet. (McIntyre announced himself in the next segment.)
Drew McIntyre defeated No Way Jose (1:44)
McIntyre attacked members of the conga line before and during the match. He led the crowd in a countdown from three, then hit a Claymore Kick for the pinfall win. After the match, McIntyre tossed Jose over the ropes to the outside on to a group of conga line members who were huddled together.
McIntyre asked the crowd if they dared him to do another Claymore Kick. They all cheered and chanted “one more time.” McIntyre gave Jose another Claymore Kick while still holding the mic. McIntyre said he always hated the conga line, except for the Cheeseburger guy.
McIntyre said he’s never had an opportunity to fight for the world title and since everyone was too afraid, he had no choice but to put himself in the Rumble. He said no matter who entered the Rumble, when it was all said and done, there could only be one.
I don’t know if McIntyre is a face now, but he has been much more entertaining the past two weeks.
Aleister Black defeated Shelton Benjamin (2:44)
They went back-and-forth until Black caught him with a jumping knee strike and Black Mass for the pinfall win.
Buddy Murphy attacked Black immediately afterwards. Murphy tossed Black around ringside and nailed a running knee. Murphy placed a steel chair under Black’s chin as he told him “I can beat you, Aleister” then gave him another knee strike. Murphy sat cross-legged on the barricade as officials ran down to check on Black.
Six-man tag match: Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe & Big Show defeated Seth Rollins & AOP via DQ (10:14)
They’re calling Rollins the “Monday Night Messiah,” the newest nickname you’re going to get very tired of quickly.
Show came out last and got a good reaction. He looks about the same as the last time we saw him. He started the match and sent all three heels from the ring, then they went to break a minute into the match.
After the break, Joe worked over Rollins before tagging in Owens, who hit a cannonball for two. Rezar knocked Owens off the top, allowing his team to take over. The crowd chanted “We want Big Show.” Owens eventually fought back and hit a jumping enziguri of all things. Show distracted Rezar, then Owens gave him a superkick and clothesline.
Show made the hot tag and knocked down Rollins, then gave him a running shoulder tackle. AOP drove Joe into the steps before saving Rollins from a chokeslam. Show grabbed both AOP members by the throat, then Rollins nailed Show with a steel chair for the DQ.
Rollins set up Show for a curb stomp, but Owens grabbed him by the leg, then Show knocked him out with a punch. AOP grabbed Rollins from the ring and took him up the ramp. Owens, Joe and Show posed as the announcers ran down next week’s card.
In addition to what was already announced, Brock Lesnar will appear again, and Murphy and Black will have another rematch. Also, Joe and Owens will have a new mystery partner next week against Rollins and AOP. They’re billing it as the first-ever “fist fight” in WWE history. Jerry Lawler wondered what the rules of a fistfight would be. I’m not sure when Owens and Joe would have agreed to this, but alright.
(Correction: the graphic showed a “mystery partner” for Joe and Owens, but Joseph said it would be Big Show.)