The January 20 2020 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Raw results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1391 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Monday Night Messiah Shares a Message
Flanked by his followers, AOP and Buddy Murphy, Seth Rollins opened the show to discuss the events of last week. Specifically, Buddy pledging himself to Rollins’ hostile takeover and saving Rollins from Big Show.
The Monday Night Messiah was just ramping up his “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” speech when Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe made their entrance. They said that they didn’t agree with Rollins’ message, and they weren’t alone.
The Viking Raiders joined KO and Joe on the stage, and the four marched toward the ring, looking for a fight right then. Seth Rollins made a run for it, leaving Akam, Rezar, and Buddy in the ring to fall to the aggressors alone.
Backstage, Seth Rollins was shown assuring Buddy that it was a fluke, and to prove that he meant it, he told Charly Caruso that he and Buddy would be taking on The Viking Raiders for the Raw Tag Team Championships tonight.
Andrade (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
United States Championship Match
Prepared to do whatever it took to retain his title, Rey Mysterio launched himself at Andrade in the opening moments, slamming a ladder directly into his face in the process.
Despite being rattled by the vicious strike, Andrade wasn’t down for long, jumping right back into the match and going on the offensive, sending Mysterio flying into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Rey dodged a superplex, responding with a hurricanrana causing Andrade to crash neck-first into a ladder.
After a commercial, Rey Mysterio threw Andrade out of the ring with a backdrop, following him with a senton into the barricade. With another senton and a hurricanrana, Andrade smashed into another ladder.
Picking up steam once more, Andrade hit a Three Amigos, the third of which on a ladder lying in the ring. Then, with two ladder bridges set up in the ring, Andrade powerbombed the champ through one of them.
Back from commercial, Rey hit a hurricanrana that sent Andrade soaring out of the ring. With Andrade dispatched, Mysterio made his way up the ladder, but Andrade recovered quickly, preventing him from reaching the top.
Andrade tried to throw Rey from the ladder, but Rey transitioned the attack into a sunset flip powerbomb instead. A successful 619 left Mysterio with the upper hand once again, and he ascended the ladder, which Andrade wrenched from beneath him.
Against all odds, Rey came back for a third climb, this time meeting Zelina at the top, who was more than prepared to do whatever it took to aid her client. The distraction was enough to give Andrade time to DDT Rey through a ladder, allowing him to climb uncontested and retain his title.
The win, of course, wasn’t enough for the champ and his manager, and Zelina ripped up the mats around the ring before inviting Andrade to attack Rey a final time. Luckily, seconds before he could hit his DDT, Andrade was stopped by Humberto Carrillo.
Aleister Black vs. Nameless Man
Aleister Black made his entrance, the bell rang, and the poor nameless man received such a vicious Black Mass, he lost the match instantly.
Winner: Aleister Black
Brock Lesnar’s Going to the Rumble
Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman, marched to the ring to remind the audience that Brock will be entering first in the Royal Rumble, as there were no suitable contenders for a WWE Championship Match.
This drew Ricochet to the stage, who said he wasn’t intimidated by Brock Lesnar. In fact, despite the chuckles from both Brock and Paul, Ricochet was prepared to fight him right then and there.
Lesnar turned to leave instead of fight, so Ricochet questioned whether he was afraid, which of course, brought The Beast right back. Brock threw a cheap shot at Ricochet before informing him that he’s not scared and leaving the ring.
Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre
Orton and McIntyre wasted no time in going after each other, breaking into a test of strength the moment the match began. Randy Orton was thrown from the ring, but was soon back in, throwing a shoulder strike to McIntyre.
Drew took the upper hand with a series of strikes, but Randy was quick to respond with a clothesline sending McIntyre out of the ring. At ringside, McIntyre shoved Orton into a ring post, but when he tried to follow up with a Claymore, he missed and hit an official instead.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre was leaping from the ropes, but Orton saw it coming, smashing into him with a dropkick. Orton took control of a striking exchange with an eye poke, leading Drew to kick him in the face.
With his rope-hung DDT, Orton looked to be in the lead, but McIntyre connected with his Glasgow Kiss before hitting a suplex and gaining a near fall. Drew was approaching a win, but a little too long with his new Claymore theatrics, giving Orton enough time to recover and hit a powerslam.
Just as Orton was gaining momentum, however, The OC appeared, attacking him and causing a disqualification. Once Randy was taken down, they moved onto Drew, but Randy saved his opponent with a steel chair before too much damage could be done.
Appreciative of the assistance, McIntyre merely stared Orton down instead of resuming their battle. But The Viper had other plans, catching McIntyre in an RKO as soon as he let his guard down.
Randy turned to leave with a smirk, and McIntyre struggled to a seated position, informing Orton that he may have duped him this time, but won’t be so lucky this Sunday at the Rumble.
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Becky Lynch vs. Kairi Sane
In a pre-match promo, Becky Lynch stated that she has Asuka’s number now, and will be defeating her at the Royal Rumble.
To prove her point, Becky Lynch went straight after Kairi, leveling her with a punch. Asuka was at ringside to support her teammate, however, and attacked Becky while the referee checked on Kairi.
Back from commercial, Kairi Sane had Becky in a headlock, which The Man eventually broke with a kick, throwing a few clotheslines for good measure. With her flying forearm, Kairi Sane gained a near fall, but Becky came back with a DDT and a leg drop, scoring a two count of her own.
After Kairi gained another near fall via DDT, she was thrown from the apron along with her partner in crime, Asuka. Rapidly gaining steam, Becky hit her Bexploder, then trapped Kairi in a Dis-Arm-Her, winning the match.
Enraged by the loss, Asuka caught Becky with a shining wizard before she had any time to celebrate, sinking in an Asuka Lock to get her message across.
Winner: Becky Lynch
The Viking Raiders (c) vs. Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Out to maintain their unstoppable status, The Viking Raiders’ Erik got the early advantage with a knee strike to Buddy Murphy. Ivar then took over, slamming Erik onto Buddy, but Seth Rollins pulled his partner to safety before the pin.
The action spiraled from there, Akam, Rezar, Kevin Owens, and Samoa Joe brawling at ringside while their respective allies continued the match.
Back from commercial, Murphy and Rollins used double team tactics to overpower Erik, pulling Ivar from the apron to prevent a tag. The lack of escape for Erik set Rollins up for a frog splash, but it only scored a two count.
Buddy Murphy tagged in and was immediately taken down with a knee strike from Erik, who finally tagged out. Ivar flattened both Murphy and Rollins, but as he set Murphy up for a Viking Experience, he was saved a second time by the Monday Night Messiah.
Unfazed, The Viking Raiders hit double suicide dives, going for another Viking Experience, which Rollins broke again. Buddy and Seth came close to victory with a double powerbomb, but Ivar responded with a handspring elbow that caught both of them.
Erik came into the match, connecting with a powerbomb on Murphy, but Seth shoved Ivar from the top rope, preventing the follow-up attack. Buddy then held Erik down so Rollins could Curb Stomp him, and with that, Buddy Murphy and Seth Rollins became the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
Winner: Buddy Murphy and Seth Rollins
Monday After the Weekend Update
In another episode of Monday After the Weekend Update, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins were up to their usual antics, making fun of everyone from Paul Heyman to Mandy Rose.
Matt Hardy vs. Erick Rowan
Matt Hardy tried his best to overcome the impossible obstacle that was Erick Rowan, but Rowan quickly overpowered him with a barrage of strikes, kicking him to the floor.
For the second time, Erick’s caged pet bit him as he tried to touch it, enraging him to the point that he slammed the cage repeatedly against a set of steel steps. Rowan then caught Hardy with an Iron Claw, winning the match.
Winner: Erick Rowan
New Royal Rumble Contestants & 24/7 Title Shenanigans
In a backstage interview, both Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe declared themselves entrants in the 2020 Royal Rumble. They agreed that, when it comes to Seth Rollins, they will always be on the same page. However, in the Rumble, it’s every man for himself.
Shortly afterward, Mojo Rawley was shown with his 24/7 Championship. He was approached by Samir and Sunil Singh, who appeared to be attempting to take it from them as they did R-Truth. But their plan backfired and they were both laid out by Mojo for their efforts.
Rusev and Liv Morgan vs. Bobby Lashley and Lana
With Liv Morgan and Lana at their sides, respectively, Rusev and Bobby Lashley made their way to the ring for their mixed tag match. The ladies kicked off the action, Lashley distracting Liv long enough for Lana to bring her down.
Rusev and Bobby then took over, Rusev getting the early advantage with clotheslines and a suplex. The Bulgarian Brute did his best to avoid Lana, but a cheap shot was too much to ignore. Bobby took advantage of the situation, but Liv broke the pin before the three count.
After sending Lana flying out of the ring, Liv connected with an enziguri on Bobby Lashley. But just as it looked like Rusev and Liv were about to emerge victoriously, Lana held Rusev’s leg so Bobby could hit his spear for the win.
Winner: Bobby Lashley and Lana
Raw Results (January 20 2020)
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