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WWE Raw Results
It’s the final Raw before the Royal Rumble, and the card for the coolest show of the year seems about set. What would the final show before the Rumble hold? We’ve got some analysis below, but first the match results:
- Andrade Cien Almas (c) def. Rey Mysterio in a Ladder Match to retain the WWE United States Championship
- Aleister Black def. Local competitor
- Drew McIntyre vs Randy Orton is a double disqualification when The O.C. interferes
- Becky Lynch def. Kairi Sane
- Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins def. Viking Raiders (c) to win the Raw Tag Team Championships
- Erick Rowan def. Matt Hardy
- Bobby Lashley & Lana def. Rusev & Liv Morgan
WWE Raw Takeaways
We’ve got some new Raw Tag Team Champions from Seth Rollins’ new stable. Somehow, it isn’t the Authors of Pain. Buddy Murphy and Seth Rollins are the new tag champions, surprisingly defeating Erik & Ivar in a good Raw match. It’s interesting that the AOP wouldn’t get the nod as tag champs. How will this wrinkle play into the direction of the stable? Also, Seth Rollins is king of weird tag team champion partnerships: Murphy, Braun Strowman, and Jason Jordan.
The other title match on the show was the first match of the night, and it was incredible. Rey Mysterio and Andrade put on a clinic for the United States Championship. This match was seemingly the blow-off to their feud, and it set up the next challenger. Humberto Carillo saved the legendary Mysterio from a beatdown after the match, and he’ll likely get the next crack at Andrade.
What a waste of Matt Hardy. He jobbed to Erick Rowan quickly on Raw, who currently has a gimmick that many don’t care about. It seems likely that Hardy is gone after his contract expires in March. With Hardy proving to be a consistent reinventor and solid wrestler still, he’ll make money for another company sooner rather than later.
WOW! Thanks for all the love & support from around the world.
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 21, 2020
The Lana-Rusev-Lashley-Liv angle is still ongoing, and honestly I have no idea what the endgame is for this. Fans just want a definitive conclusion at this point.
New Wrestling Podcast Coming To FPC Wrestling
Full Press Radio has another wrestling podcast joining the lineup. Boot To The Face Wrestling Podcast will be airing on Mondays, joining Talkamania in the FPC lineup. You may have heard Boot To The Face on a Talkamania pay-per-view preview show before. Join Chris & Marty as they discuss wrestling each week.
@Rucker2020 and @ABeardedMaster are happy to share than in the near future we will be streamed on @FPC_Wrestling every Monday! We are excited to get into more ears to spread the good word of pro rasslin! Thanks to our boys @_talkamania for the rub! #wwe #aew #roh #nxt #njpw #nwa pic.twitter.com/DlaejirKcP
— 🎙Boot 2 The Face 🤼♂️ 🗣 (@Boot2theface) January 20, 2020
Jericho Cruise Kicks Off, Third One Announced
Chris Jericho’s second Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea set sail on Monday. From the cruise ship, All Elite Wrestling will broadcast Dynamite on Wednesday this week.
At the launch, Jericho announced a third cruise for next year (h/t PWInsider). The Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N Wrestling Rager at Sea Triple Whammy will sail February 1st to 5th, 2021, from Miami, Florida to Grand Bahama Island.
Jericho just announced the THIRD #JerichoCruise Rock N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, TRIPLE WHAMMY, February 1st through 5th 2021
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) January 20, 2020
One for the Road:
The Man will be on WWE Backstage Tuesday night. Does that incite you to watch?
She's in action RIGHT NOW on #RAW, but tomorrow #TheMan @BeckyLynchWWE joins @ReneeYoungWWE, @CMPunk, @RealPaigeWWE, and @Christian4Peeps, on an all-new #WWEBackstage at 11p ET on @FS1. pic.twitter.com/7htcJqCFBD
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) January 21, 2020