21st Jan2020

WWE Raw – Jan 20th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final Raw before the Royal Rumble. We’ve got a Ladder Match for the US Title between Rey Mysterio and Andrade, along with some bull-s— I don’t wanna see. Hey, it’s a fiesta! Arriba! Arriba! Arriba! Okay, in the name of Cinco De Mayo, Yo Quiero Taco Belllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!

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Match #1: Andrade def. Rey Mysterio – Ladder Match For The World Wrestling Entertainment United States Championship

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It might just be time to accept that Andrade is the real deal, having now defeated Rey Mysterio in a decisive Ladder Match (the first championship Ladder Match on Raw in 13 years) to retain his United States Title. But getting past Mysterio doesn’t mean the champion’s problems are over. Quite the opposite, actually. Mysterio threw his body and soul — especially his body — into this match. But Zelina Vega once again sealed the deal, blocking Mysterio from his prize and allowing Andrade to Hammerlock DDT Rey through a ladder. The champ was able to climb to the rafters and retain.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was some great action (with a thousand hours of commercials stuck in the middle). Andrade needed a big victory and got one with one of the better Ladder Matches from the WWE in over a decade. These guys really delivered a PPV match on free TV. All of the great spots you’d want are here, but there’s also a definite story being told that never got lost in the melee of the mayhem. I’d love to see this feud continue, but I think there are different plans in place.

Match #2: Aleister Black def. local competitor

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You may have forgotten thanks to his series with Buddy Murphy, so consider this your reminder that Aleister Black is on his way to the Men’s Royal Rumble Match. And in case his intentions were unclear in any way, he obliterated an overeager local competitor with Black Mass so quickly that they didn’t even get to announce the guy’s name before he met his fate. Clearly, the focus is on Sunday and what lies ahead: Specifically, 29 other Superstars to face, 29 souls to absolve, 29 jaws to kick.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – This was a one-second squash. Black hit his finisher and that was it. F—— squash matches.

Match #3: Drew McIntyre defeated Randy Orton (Disqualification)

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Drew McIntyre had a bad night, but don’t let it fool you. Outside of Brock Lesnar, the former NXT Champion might just be the odds-on Raw Superstar to go the distance in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match. That seems a strange thing to say about a man who was ambushed by The O.C. — which caused his match against Randy Orton to end in a no-contest — and suffered an RKO in short order. But McIntyre’s post-match address, where he all but begged the wrestling gods to again put him and Orton against each other in the Rumble Match and reiterated his vow to win it all and go to WrestleMania seemed like more a prophecy than a boast. One bad night does not determine a man’s future, and for all the lumps he took tonight, McIntyre is very much in control of his future. And the future, by all appearances, remains bright.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – The match never really got going, but it did pretty well for being stuck in the mud. There’s nothing bad in here, but it all was like sourdough bread that was pulled out of the oven ten minutes early. MMMMMMM…bread… Anyway, the DQ finish sucked, but the match made both guys look tough, so that’s cool.

Match #4: Becky Lynch def. Kairi Sane

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Can Becky Lynch beat Asuka? All evidence thus far points to a big maybe, and despite her win over Kairi Sane — Asuka’s fellow WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion — The Man is still staring down a stormy sea as she heads to the Royal Rumble event. Pardon the seafaring pun, but it’s hard to understate how much Lynch needed such a boost and how harshly she was denied. Despite submitting Sane in a match that Asuka watched from a perch atop the turnbuckle, Lynch was ambushed after the bell with a Shining Wizard and Asuka Lock from The Empress of Tomorrow. Suddenly, Becky’s pre-match declaration of “You can’t beat me anymore” looks a little premature.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a fine way to tease the big title match for Sunday. Sane gave Lynch enough to work with so the latter could look like a proper champion, while Lynch sold well for Sane. Hell, I don’t really need a reason to see these two wrestle. Just book this again for next week and I’ll be happy.

Match #5: Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy def. The Viking Raiders – Raw Tag Team Championship Match

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It’ll be a lot harder to call Seth Rollins a false prophet after this week. The self-dubbed “Monday Night Messiah” took his newest disciple, Buddy Murphy, and knocked off the all but unbeatable Viking Raiders to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions, a stunning outcome that all but resets the tag team playing field with WrestleMania just three months away. We can, of course, attach an asterisk here. With big man Ivar incapacitated by a shove off the top turnbuckle to the outside, Rollins drilled Erik with a Stomp to the ring apron while the ref was preoccupied with Murphy. All The Best Kept Secret had to do was pin his man to win the titles, and that’s what he did. Regardless of the methods, however, the result stands, and whether you think of him as a Messiah or not, the title victory is an ominous sign. Anybody who rolled their eyes when Rollins promised to bend the industry to his will is probably looking at him a little differently now. So, for instance, when he says he’s going to win the Men’s Royal Rumble Match for the second year in a row? He just might do it.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Huh. No s—? Well, go figure. I know. I’m talking absent-mindedly (not enough to be too aloof to notice, though). If you had told me that Buddy and Seth would be tag champions, I would have told you…okay? This is the way WWE booking goes, but at least the two random hyucks that won were talented. The match was pretty good, but it suffered from going too short and from Seth/Buddy not really making a cohesive team (for obvious reasons). That being said, having this surprise team as champions has a good feel to it, so this might go somewhere.

Match #6: Erick Rowan def. Matt Hardy

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Erick Rowan has made whatever’s in his pen a key part of his mystique over the last few months, but the thing in the cage seems hesitant to show itself. When Rowan attempted to reveal it to Matt Hardy during their match, the thing bit him again, causing Rowan to slam the cage angrily on the ring steps. He pinned Hardy seconds later with the Iron Claw, then returned, seemingly contrite, to the pen, in the hopes of cooling things down. Whatever’s in there, given its volatile temper, it clearly takes after its … friend? Owner? Master? Enemy? All of the above? All possibilities are on the table.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Matt Hardy looked great here. Hell, this was like watching Matt from 2000. Matt looks like he did in 2000. This is a trip. Why is Rowan even here? He’s not the one-aaaaaaaaa! Okay, it was a stinkin’ squash match and I’m pissed.

Match #7: (Main Event) Bobby Lashley & Lana def. Rusev & Liv Morgan – Mixed Tag Team Match

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The honeymoon is nowhere near over for Bobby Lashley and Lana, who just keep winning no matter what configuration of their enemies face them. This week it was Rusev and Liv Morgan in a Mixed Tag Team Match, and once again the happy couple pulled out the win thanks to a timely bit of interference by The Ravishing Russian. Actually, timely doesn’t do it justice: Rusev and Liv had this thing won, with The Bulgarian Brute sizing Lashley up for a Machka Kick that would have relieved him of a few teeth. When Lana grabbed hold of her ex’s boot, however, The All Mighty struck with a massive Spear to secure the win. And of all the reasons to boo them (and there are a good amount), it’s becoming clear what the most maddening thing about Lashley and Lana is: They just do not lose.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was…well, Lashley and Rusev sure can wrestle, can’t they? Liv and Lana suck at the wrestling thing, so half of this match blew chunks. Lashley speared the hell out of Rusev to end this f—– like the work requirement should be ended here in America. That’s right! We’re gettin’ political! Attica! Attica! Attica!

News Of The Night:

  1. Humberto Carrillo returned to save Rey Mysterio from Andrade’s post-match attack.
  2. Ricochet interrupted the Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman promo and got beat down for it.
  3. Drew McIntyre wants to fight Randy Orton in the Royal Rumble before he wins it to main event Wrestlemania.
  4. The OC attacked Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was a decent show that was saved by the opener, which kicked ass. The build to the Royal Rumble ended up being mild at best, but with SmackDown coming up, there’s still one chance to really make it count.

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