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WWE Raw Results
Before we can officially be on the Road to Wrestlemania, we have to get through the Slog to Saudi Arabia. These periods sometimes feel like dead spaces, as WWE treats Saudi shows as somewhat standalone events. How will that change the way WWE books going into Wrestlemania? Let’s see the results from Monday’s Raw.
- Liv Morgan def. Lana
- Drew McIntyre def. Mojo Rawley
- Authors of Pain & Buddy Murphy def. Kevin Owens & Viking Raiders in an elimination match
- Aleister Black def. Eric Young
- Angel Garza vs Rey Mysterio goes to a no-contest
- Asuka def. Natalya
- Ricochet def. Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley to earn a WWE Championship match at Super ShowDown
WWE Raw Takeaways
To open the show, Randy Orton came out to explain his brutal attack on Edge last week. He didn’t give an explanation really, instead only saying “I can’t do this”. It’s such an intriguing start to this feud that already has years of character built into it. Orton is at his best when he is a heel with no moral compass. It looks like that’s where he’ll be going with Edge.
We can now guess who Charlotte will be challenging at Wrestlemania: NXT Champion Rhea Ripley. Ripley showed up on Raw to confront “The Queen” and called Charlotte out for a match at Wrestlemania. While Charlotte did not officially accept, it’s looking more and more likely these two will collide at the show. It’s a great bit of booking that allows for Becky Lynch to get a fresh opponent in someone like Shayna Baszler while still giving fans a relatively fresh matchup in Charlotte-Ripley.
— WWE (@WWE) February 4, 2020
This show had the return of Ruby Riott! Fans were excited to see Riott, and so was her former Riott Squad running mate Liv Morgan. Morgan would not be excited for long, as Riott slammed her down and left Morgan to be picked over by Lana. A shocking return that has people invested in a non-title women’s feud right before Wrestlemania? What a great development for the depth of the women’s division, and hopefully these two get a lot of time to tell their story.
There is a new number one contender for the WWE Championship, but Ricochet shouldn’t get new nameplates made for the belt just yet. He had a really good showing beating Lashley & Rollins, and even was named as the “next Rey Mysterio” by Mysterio himself. Still the odds of Ricochet being the man to dethrone Brock Lesnar are pretty slim. A shot at the title is always good for the prestige, but don’t expect a 20 minute classic in Saudi Arabia.
Just in time for a Saudi show, a legend comes out of the woods. This time the legend is Gooooooooldberg. Goldberg will return on SmackDown and talk about what’s next for him. We last saw Goldberg spearing Dolph Ziggler out of his shoes at Summerslam, and he wrestled the Undertaker at a Saudi Arabia show last year. Who could be his opponent for the end of the month?
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) February 4, 2020
More WWE Wellness Violations Incoming?
Last week Andrade Cien Almas was hit with his first Wellness Policy Violation and was suspended for 30 days. According to WrestleVotes on Twitter, more wrestlers may be hit with a violation. Based on the “Southern California” part of the tweet, many are speculating that the violations will be on Rey Mysterio or Samoa Joe. Joe is already out injured, and Mysterio was hit with a DDT onto concrete on Raw. That move is what wrote Andrade out in storyline last week, but time will tell if either of these two are hit with violations.
Word coming out of RAW is that more suspensions are coming. Must be something in that Southern California water (hint hint). Working to confirm details.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) February 4, 2020
One-third of the Lucha House Party is apparently out with an injury. According to ProWrestlingSheet, Kalisto suffered a shoulder separation and is out of action. The injury does not require surgery, and is likely to have happened at a live event in Los Angeles in December. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery so he can do more good lucha things. Woo!
One for the Road:
Kevin Owens is always a man of the people.