WWE RAW January 18 Recap
WWE RAW St. Petersburg, ThunderDome
Commentators are Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe.
– Tonight it’s WWE RAW, the red show starts with a video in memory of Martin Luther King.
We then find Randy Orton behind the scenes. Orton says fire must be fought with fire. People end up responsible for their action. Orton is seen with face shield as he is burnt. Orton says his mask encapsulates his face. A face that hides behind him news that he did not know. Orton says he showed compassion to Alexa Bliss three weeks ago when he could have burned her down. He wanted to correct the situation with his new victim, but Bliss decided to intervene last Monday. We see footage from when Bliss threw his fireball at Orton last Monday. Orton says this is the result he receives for showing compassion. He can no longer sleep because he can no longer close his eyes, he only sees a spark of fire. Orton says he wears his mask to protect himself, but also to prevent others from seeing the horror he has to endure. The burns could have been worse, the fireball could have destroyed his face forever.
Orton says he doesn’t blame Bliss, he blames the Fiend. There is no doubt that the Fiend is responsible for this. Bliss was just the vehicle. He knows what the Fiend wants, to keep him from achieving the inevitable. Either win the Royal Rumble Match. He knows everyone backstage loved to see his face burn like the biggest threat could be eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match, but nothing is going to stop him from winning the match. Despite that his participation remains this year. He can take pain and he loves pain. It feeds him. So everyone to thank the Fiend as he burns everyone else’s Rumble Match dream to go to the WrestleMania main event.
– In a video earlier today, Ric Flair and Lacey Evans are seen entering the ThunderDome. Charly stops them to get more details about their relationship. Evans asks if it’s TMZ here. Charly says Ric Flair helped Evans against his daughter. Evans says she’s talking to a legend, she owes him respect. There’s a reason why Flair is the dirtiest player. He was only living up to his nickname last Monday. For the relationship, she is only learning from the best. Now tonight she’s going to go watch her friend beat Charlotte.
– Charlotte arrives in the ring for her match, but Royce attacks her from behind on the ramp and we leave for a break.
Charlotte Flair vs Peyton Royce
During the fight, Ric Flair’s music begins and he arrives on stage, featuring Lacey Evans in Flair’s dress. Royce takes the opportunity to do a Round Kick to Charlotte and covers her, but she resists two.
At the end of the fight, Charlotte applies her Figure Eight to get Royce to punch.
Winner: Charlotte Flair via submission
– Behind the scenes, the Hurt Business stops Riddle. Riddle says he has to say he admires everyone in the group with their own unique look. Who would dare to insult Bobby Lashley as a coward with this look? Lashley says he likes Riddle’s flip flops, but it must hurt his feet. Lashley crushes his foot.
– Back, backstage, Riddle chats with the Lucha House Party. Riddle says he will be fine and he will be ready to face the Hurt Business tonight.
– In a video earlier today, Mustafa Ali says Kofi Kingston has a broken jaw and now he wants to break his heart and mind. He’s going to do it with Xavier Woods tonight. He hopes Kofi is forced to miss the Royal Rumble with his jaw so he can experience how he’s going to feel when someone takes our place.
Xavier Woods vs Mace accompanied by Retribution
At the end of the fight, Mace side-slams Woods for the count of three as he was distracted by Retribution just before.
– Behind the scenes, Sarah asks Asuka what she’s expecting for Bliss’s talk show tonight. Asuka replies that she doesn’t know.
– Back, we present a video on the announcement of WrestleMania 37, all the details here.
– It’s time for a Alexa Bliss Playground’s. Alexa Bliss arrives in the ring and welcomes us to her playground. She’s happy to be here, but first she has to talk about Randy Orton. Last week she just wanted to talk, but it quickly heated up. At least she is happy to see that he is in a good state of mind despite everything. Bliss then introduces us to her guest, Asuka, who is arriving. Asuka wants to take a seat on the swing, but Bliss says it’s out of place. Bliss says she knows they are going to face each other tonight, but first she wants to have a little fun. She has a breaking newz for us, she will be a participant of the Royal Rumble Match! Asuka wishes him good luck. Bliss says that means the two could go head to head at WrestleMania. Asuka says it will be her honor. Asuka lets go of a Yowie Wowie. Bliss apologizes to her imaginary friend on the swing for this phrase. Asuka starts dancing to her theme song, but Bliss screams enough is enough. It couldn’t have been that way, if everything had gone as planned the Fiend would still be here. Asuka asks if he’s still here. Bliss tells him not to mention the name. Asuka decides to flee as the little wooden horse begins to move on its own.
– Behind the scenes, The Miz and John Morrison are walking, Sarah stops the two to find out what they have in store for Goldberg. Miz says she wants a scoop, but no. She will have to wait like everyone else. But he can say that the controversy will be present.
– Behind the scenes, we find Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Baszler says she’s ready to take everyone out at the Royal Rumble Match and that includes her partner Nia Jax. Jax is surprised at the statement when she thought she was leading the team.
– Back, backstage, we find Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett is promoting the game between Goldberg and Drew McIntyre. Who will win ? For him the answer is simple, the legend. We’re gonna see a Spear, a Jackhammer, and a Goldberg threesome.
Mandy Rose accompanied by Dana Brooke vs Shayna Baszler accompanied by Nia Jax
At the end of the fight, Baszler attacks Rose’s arm and continues with his Kirifuda Clutch to make her hit.
Winner: Shayna Baszler via submission
– After the fight, Nia and Shayna argue at the bottom of the ring, but Dana Brooke does a Drop Kick on Nia who falls on Shayna against the post.
– Back, backstage, Charly stops Nia and Shayna for their comment. Nia says they can never get along well. Shayna says it was the same when they were champions. Shayna says it’s the perfect time to have the tag team title rematch with Charlotte’s situation.
– Behind the scenes, Sarah is with Charlotte Flair and asks her how it is to see Lacey Evans with her father. Charlotte says that since her debut she has been accused of living under her last name. Now there is a woman who begs for her 15 minutes of fame and use the name Flair. She’s learned from the dirtiest player her whole life, but she didn’t go that route. Evans can wear her father’s dress however she wants.
– Behind the scenes, Adam Pearce chats with Ricochet. Ricochet thanks Pearce for giving him the chance to prove himself, it could be his debut in The WM Adventure. Pearce says it’s a great opportunity. AJ Styles and Omos arrive. AJ says it was the Ricochet who fled his Universal fight. This evening Ricochet will lose and leave again. Ricochet says AJ appears to be suffering from amnesia even though he forgot about TLC when he was humiliated. AJ says it was Miz’s fault and everyone knows it. Ricochet says he’s going to prove tonight that he deserves his place at the Rumble Match.
– Ricochet arrives in the ring. Behind the scenes, AJ says he doesn’t like Pearce and Omos either. Omos walks up to Pearce. Back, AJ arrives in the ring.
Ricochet vs AJ Styles accompanied by Omos
At the end of the fight, AJ rushes for his finisher, but Ricochet blocks him with a Recoil and covers him, but he resists. Ricochet then wants to launch into a Springboard jump, but AJ grabs him and pushes him back onto the cables to do his Styles Clash for the count of three.
Winner: AJ Styles
– Back, it’s time to Dirt Sheet with The Miz and John Morrison. Miz says this will be the biggest edition of the Dirt Sheet. Morrison says he was the hero of a generation. Miz says he could be the hero of a new generation if he wins at the Royal Rumble. A legend, a Hall of Famer, Goldberg. Goldberg’s music begins, but Gillberg arrives. Miz begins his interview and asks how he is preparing for battle. Gillberg says he first hits his head against a wall to motivate himself and raise blood. Drew McIntyre’s music begins and a man dressed in McIntyre arrives. The man says it’s time to take the blows to face each other. Miz asks if he wants to say something first. The man says he will fire him in 1998. Miz and Morrison start arguing over the choice of actor as the man misses a line. Miz takes over and asks if Goldberg is going to lose. Morrison says yes. Miz asks if McIntyre lost. Morrison says yes. Miz asks how there can be two losers in the game. Morrison replies that Miz is going to collect his MITB briefcase. Miz says we’re looking at the next WWE Champion because he’s the Miz and he’s the next one.
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Bobby Lashley, Cedric Alexander et Shelton Benjamin accompanied by MVP vs Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado et Riddle
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