Event: WWE RAW
Date: January 20, 2020
Location: Wichita, Kansas
WWE RAW Results and Highlights
Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins, started the go-home edition of RAW before Royal Rumble by officially introducing his newest disciple, Buddy Murphy, to the WWE Universe. Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe interrupted the promo and called for a fight, but they didn’t come alone as they brought out the RAW Tag Team Champions, The Viking Raiders. They attacked AOP and Owens hit a stunner to Murphy before the heel stable managed to retreat.
Backstage: Rollins and Murphy challenged The Viking Raiders for the RAW Tag Team Championship.
Ladder Match for WWE United States Championship | Andrade (c) vs. Rey Mysterio: An experienced Mysterio took the fight to the champion in a highly physical and high flying match. It was brutal with bodies falling on ladders off other ladders. Mysterio almost came close to the title twice, only to be pulled down by the champion. The third time, Zelina Vega climbed the ladder from the other side and sat on the very top, blocking Mysterio’s path. Andrade took advantage of the distraction and hit a Hammerlock DDT off the ladder to another ladder and took the belt to retain the championship.
Post-match, the champion was about to hit another DDT to Mysterio on an exposed floor when Humberto Carrillo returned wearing a mask and made the save.
Aleister Black def. enhancement talent: After weeks of fighting Buddy Murphy, it looks like Black is back to squash matches. Black delivered the Black Mass as soon as he entered the ring to secure the win.
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar walked into the ring for the third consecutive week on RAW along with Paul Heyman who cut a promo like every other week and claimed that there is no one in the locker room who has the courage to step up to the Beast. The One and Only, Ricochet, stepped up and stepped into the ring, but Lesnar hit a low blow and walked away to end the segment.
Drew McIntyre def. Randy Orton via disqualification: Orton and McIntyre went toe to toe with punches, chops and counters. Orton went for the RKO but it was countered with a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre went for the Claymore but Orton countered it with a Powerslam. AJ Styles and The OC interrupted the match when they attacked McIntyre, but Orton came to his aid with a steel chair and fend off the attackers only to later hit an RKO on McIntyre.
Becky Lynch def. Kairi Sane: Sane returned to in-ring action after weeks of being sidelined due to injury. Asuka tried to create distraction throughout the match but Lynch managed to lock Sane with DisArmHer to secure the win.
Post-match, Asuka attacked Lynch and put her in Asuka lock before the referee broke them up. The Empress kicked The Man on her head and left the ring to end the segment.
RAW Tag Team Championship | Viking Raiders (c) vs. Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy: Rollins and his new disciple worked as a team from the beginning but it was not an easy task for them. Rollins pushed Ivar off the top turnbuckle while Buddy got Erik in position so Rollins could hit the Stomp. Murphy pinned Erik to secure the win, and new champions are crowned.
Erick Rowan def. Matt Hardy: Seriously?? Rowan is getting a huge push since it’s not a local talent he defeated this week, but freaking Matt Hardy. Rowan literally manhandled Hardy and hit the IronClaw to secure the win.
Backstage: Mojo Rawley destroyed The Singh Brothers who tried to pin the WWE 24/7 Champion.
Lana and Bobby Lashley def. Liv Morgan and Rusev in a Mixed Tag Match: Lana cut yet another annoying promo before the match which was received with loud boos as usual. It was fun to watch Morgan and Lana take shots at each other as they opened the match. Rusev avoided a distraction from Lana but she ended up taking a cheap shot. Lashley took advantage with his finisher but Morgan was quick to break up the pin.
Morgan threw Lana out of the ring and hit Lashley with a step-up enziguiri. Rusev went for the Machka kick but Lana grabbed Rusev’s foot and the distraction gave enough time for Lashley to hit the Spear and secure the win to end the show.
Takeaways from Monday Night RAW
1. Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo
Andrade was able to overcome the threat of Rey Mysterio this week on RAW and walk out with his United States Championship following a hard-hitting ladder match, but Andrade is far from out of the woods since Humberto Carrillo made his return after an attack at the hands of Andrade left him sidelined for a number of weeks.
Could this be the big break that Carrillo has been looking for and could Carrillo vs. Andrade be the storyline heading into WrestleMania in a few weeks’ time?
2. Drew McIntyre To Win The Royal Rumble?
There are a number of favorites to win the men’s Royal Rumble match on Sunday night, but even though the likes of Randy Orton and even CM Punk are at the top of the list, Drew McIntyre could be the man who wins the match and then goes on to WrestleMania. McIntyre has managed to transition seamlessly into a face on RAW and this week when he took on Randy Orton, he proved that he has what it takes to be a main eventer.
This is the chance McIntyre has been looking for and if you’re a betting person then your money has to be on the Scottish star this weekend.
3. One Last Debt To Collect
Becky Lynch sent quite a message to Asuka on RAW when she forced Kairi Sane to tap to the Dis-arm-her, but after the match, The Empress of Tomorrow jumped into the ring and locked in the Asuka Lock. A year ago, Lynch lost the SmackDown Women’s Championship to the Japanese star before she transitioned into The Man, now she wants to prove that this was a fluke and that she can defeat Asuka when she puts the Raw Women’s Championship on the line.
Can Becky Lynch collect one last debut when she heads to Texas this weekend?
4. What A Difference A Week Makes!
This time last week, Buddy Murphy suffered his third loss to Aleister Black and was slowly falling down the pecking order on RAW before he made the decision to step up and help Seth Rollins, who has now rewarded him by making his one half of the RAW Tag Team Champions.
It shows that it pays to be in the favor of Rollins and it proves that The Monday Night Messiah can make things happen. Rollins is also a Tag Team Champion and has declared himself for the Royal Rumble on Sunday night, could 2020 once again be the year of Rollins or is it Murphy’s time to shine?