After last week’s six man tag didn’t go according to plan, how will a fist fight match go?
Randy Orton opens the show. He says he was asked to come down to the ring and excitedly welcome everyone to RAW. Excited really isn’t his style, so instead he calls out AJ Styles. He wants to show Styles why he (Orton) is a favorite to win the Royal Rumble.
Styles comes out, he asks Orton if he called him out here to fake another injury. Styles goes on to say that Orton is not favored to win the Rumble and goes on to brag about his “phenomenal RKO” of last week. Then says that maybe that’s all he will need to win the Rumble.
Before AJ can continue he is interrupted by Drew McIntyre. McIntyre has been looking for more competition and challenges Orton and Styles to add him to their match.
Drew McIntyre defeated AJ Styles and Randy Orton via Pinfall
For most of the match AJ and Randy isolated Drew, but of course when it mattered Drew was there. Orton had just hit AJ with an RKO, when Drew got back in the ring. Drew hit Orton with a Claymore Kick and pinned AJ for the victory.
Backstage we find Seth Rollins and AOP. Rollins is more or less giving AOP a pep talk. He says the fist fight tonight will show everyone why they shouldn’t go against them. They can’t be stopped and will oppose their will tonight.
Ricochet defeated Mojo Rawley via Pinfall (630 Splash)
Honestly this match was pretty good. Nice to see Mojo get more TV time and opportunities.
The Street Profits are backstage hyping up the show.. It’s fun.
Charlotte defeated Sarah Logan via Submission (Figure Eight)
The match we should have got last week. The two women had more of a brawl for a bit than a match, but Logan gave the Queen some needed competition.
Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe are shown backstage after the match. Kevin seems a bit worried about the fist fight match. Joe tells him to quit worrying because when they are in a fight, they take people out. Big Show then appears and reiterated Joe’s statements. He tells KO not to worry and shows off his fist. Show says its time that Seth Rollins is reintroduced to his fist.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their way out to the ring. The crowd seems less than thrilled to see them. When Heyman gets the mic, he tells the crowd to show appreciation for Lesnar. The crowd doesn’t listen and continues to boo. They even at one point yell chants of ‘you suck’ to Lesnar.
Lesnar and Heyman actually leave the ring because of the “disrespect.” They, unfortunately, stick around. Heyman talks about the Royal Rumble and gives his spoiler for Lesnar’s victory.
Eventually R-Truth comes out. Truth of course talks about his childhood hero, John Cena. Because of what Cena has taught him, Truth feels confident enough to enter the Royal Rumble. The thing is, this whole time Truth thought Paul Heyman was going to be in the Rumble. Once Truth is corrected, that he would be face to face with Brock Lesnar, he undeclared himself from the Royal Rumble.
Unfortunately for Truth, announcing he wouldn’t partake in the Rumble and making Lesnar laugh did not stop Lesnar from laying him out. Even more unfortunate, Truth gets pinned for the 24/7 title by Mojo Rawley.
After discovering there is a new 24/7 champ, we go to a video from earlier in the day. The video shows Charly Caruso trying to get an interview with Bobby Lashley and Lana. Lana tells her they have made New Year’s Resolutions: to accept that others are jealous of their love and to crush Rusev.
Bobby Lashley defeated Rusev via Pinfall (Spear)
Unfortunately for Rusev, Liv’s appearance at ringside did not turn out well for him. Liv wound up coming out towards the end and mostly caused a distraction. Lana threw a soda in her face and Rusev paid too much attention to the commotion, which led to him losing.
After a commercial break, Charly Caruso tries to deliver breaking news, but is interrupted. Lana and Lashley appear and Lana keeps saying that they still have a big problem. Lana lays down a challenge for next week, a mixed tag team match. Lashley is less than thrilled about it and walks off and Lana yells at him.
Viking Raiders defeated The Singh Brothers via Pinfall
It’s another squash match for the RAW Tag Team Champions.
We see that Rusev and Liv have accepted Lana’s challenge. So next week it will be Lana and Lashley versus Rusev and Liv. We go to commercial.
Once back from commercial, we get the contract signing for the RAW Women’s Championship. The King is the moderator for this signing and he tries to keep the peace as best as he can.
Asuka signed the contract first. After Becky signs, she tells Asuka may the best woman win. Asuka’s response to this? To spray the green mist in Becky’s face.
Becky, while still trying to get the mist out of her eyes, asks for a mic. She says that she has been trying to find an anger to defend herself, but she’s been rather happy and content lately. But she says that when someone puts their hands on her, a badness arises in her. Lynch says at the Rumble she doesn’t care if she goes down swinging, she’s bringing Asuka with her.
We see a replay of what went down last week between Rey Mysterio and Andrade. Commentary then announces that next week Andrade will defend his US Title against Mysterio in a ladder match.
We hear from Andrade and Zelina and get their take of everything that has gone down with Mysterio. Zelina says that Mysterio is a disgrace to Latinos and is a disgraced legend.
Rey when interviewed says he is ready to sacrifice years of his career to defeat Andrade. He is ready to take his title back from Andrade.
Aleister Black defeated Buddy Murphy via Pinfall (Black Mass)
Murphy thought he had Black all figured out, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Like their previous matches, this was a great match.
After the loss, Murphy doesn’t leave ringside. Caruso tries to get a word from him, but to no avail.
Erick Rowan defeated Local Competitor via Pinfall (Iron Claw Slam)
I don’t really have to say it, but yet again a SQUASH match.
We almost, ALMOST, got a glimpse of what is in Rowan’s cage. Whatever is in there bit Rowan pretty good, so we never got to see what it was.
With Buddy Murphy still at ringside we go to the main event.
AOP and Seth Rollins defeated Big Show, Kevin Owens, and Samoa Joe
This match was…something. It did seem as though Big Show was keeping his team in it, but Rollins got Buddy Murphy out of his haze. While AOP took care of Joe and KO, Rollins with the help of Murphy took out Show.
RAW ends with AOP, Seth Rollins, and Buddy Murphy standing tall. Looks like Seth has a new “disciple.”