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WWE Raw Results
So many questions needed to be answered on Raw this week. Edge returned at the Royal Rumble, so what would be next for him? Would Drew McIntyre officially challenge Brock Lesnar? Who is Charlotte going to face? What does the Road to Wrestlemania look like for so many others? We started to get a clearer picture of what Wrestlemania 36 will look like on Monday night. Here are the match results:
- Drew McIntyre def. The O.C. in a Handicap Match
- Rey Mysterio def. MVP
- Aleister Black def. Kenneth Johnson
- Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy (c) def. Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships
- Humberto Carrillo def. Andrade (c) by disqualification in a United States Championship match
- Charlotte Flair def. Asuka by disqualification
- Mojo Rawley (c) def. No Way Jose to retain the 24/7 Championship
- R-Truth def. Mojo Rawley (c) to win the 24/7 Championship
- Mojo Rawley def. R-Truth (c) to win the 24/7 Championship
- Liv Morgan def. Lana
- Erick Rowan def. Local competitor
WWE Raw Takeaways
One championship match was made official for Wrestlemania, while one will have to wait. To the surprise of nobody, Drew McIntyre chose to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. He started his road to Wrestlemania with a dominant Handicap win over The O.C.
Charlotte, meanwhile, will wait to make her decision. She has not decided who to challenge, leaving the rest of us to speculate.
The show closed with an absolutely vicious assault of Edge by Randy Orton. Edge was basking in the love of the fans from his return, and Orton came out to tease a Rated RKO return. They had worked together in the Rumble, but Edge then eliminated Orton. On Monday night, The Viper got his revenge and looked intense doing so. Orton is back to his sadistic ways, and these two should have a hell of a feud heading into Wrestlemania.
The Raw Tag Team Championship match seemingly was adjusted on the fly due to an injury to Samoa Joe. According to PWInsider, Joe was legitimately injured after a bad dive and was removed from the match by WWE trainers. No report on his injury status is available yet. Here’s hoping Joe is okay, as he’s already had so much time robbed from him through injuries.
Andrade Suspended By WWE
One happening on Monday night was Andrade retaining the United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo, but being DDT’d onto concrete after the match. Carrillo snapped after the match and got some revenge after Zelina Vega had cost him a title opportunity. This was apparently used to write Andrade out of storyline, as he has been suspended by WWE. According to ProWrestlingSheet, Andrade violated the company’s Wellness Policy for the first time, and will be suspended for 30 days. It has yet to be confirmed by WWE’s website.
A.J. Styles Injured
Another star missing from WWE action is A.J. Styles. He was not present with The O.C. when they challenged Drew McIntyre to start the show. Reports indicate that Styles was injured in the Royal Rumble, taking a bad landing on his arm after a spear from Edge (h/t WrestlingInc). After the landing, WWE refs checked on Styles, conferred with Edge, and Styles was quickly eliminated. Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda tweeted that it appears Styles may miss Wrestlemania 36 entirely due to the injury.
One for the Road:
MVP returned at the Royal Rumble. He was on Raw again last night. Both times he was without his trademark tunnel.
Make it happen, WWE. Clocks tickin’.
— NoDQ.com: #WWE #HIAC 2020 news (@nodqdotcom) January 28, 2020