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WWE Raw results, live blog (Jan. 27, 2020): Royal Rumble fallout

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 27, 2020) from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, featuring all the fallout from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night in Houston.

Advertised for tonight: Lana vs. Liv Morgan, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


She eyes me like a Pisces when I am weak. I’ve been locked inside your heart-shaped box for a week. I was drawn into your magnet tar pit trap. I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black. Hey, wait, I’ve got a new complaint, or well, it’s the same ol’ Monday night complaint as always, if I’m being honest— it’s time to liveblog this here pro wrestling show!

The show opens with a recap of the men’s Royal Rumble match from last night.

Commentary hypes up tonight’s festivities for us.

Drew McIntyre, winner of the men’s Royal Rumble, makes his entrance.

He gets on the mic and says it’s like he’s been dreaming for the last 24 hours and it feels so good to stand here as the winner of the 2020 men’s Royal Rumble match. And that means he’s going to WrestleMania! He knows some guys like to play games and draw their announcement of who they’re challenging out, but he’s gonna make his right here and now.

He wants Brock Lesnar and the WWE Championship!

He talks a bit more, settling on the idea that he wants to throw a Claymore party, but soon enough the OC come out.

Karl Anderson says that sounds like an open challenge, and Drew says it is, to which Karl says he’ll fight him tonight. Luke Gallows pipes up and says actually, he’ll fight him tonight. McIntyre says he’s the dream maker right now, and they can *both* fight him tonight!

Drew McIntyre vs. the OC (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (Handicap Match)

McIntyre with a waistlock takedown, Anderson pops back up and throws a chop, which sees Drew cut him down and Luke make the tag. McIntyre with big chops, Big Hoot gets away with a throat thrust, tag made, Magic Killer denied and Drew cuts Gallows down wiht a lariat! Headbutt to Machine Gun, overhead belly-to-belly suplex, another one, battering ram, kip-up, Future Shock for Luke and again the Scottish giant kips up!

Countdown... CLAYMORE FOR ANDERSON! Counting down again... CLAYMORE FOR GALLOWS! He drags Luke over onto Karl...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Claymores on both guys.

Post-match, Drew dumps both guys out of the ring... AND BROCK LESNAR IS HERE! F-5!

Brock takes his shirt off and throws it before standing tall over McIntyre with the WWE Championship in hand.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get entrances and a vignette for Montel Vontavious Porter’s return.

Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Rey Mysterio

Circling, Mysterio with a go-behind and a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, back roll, single leg from Rey, Montel gives him one back and they stalemate. Mysterio with a go-behind, shot off, back to the waistlock, arm wringer, up and over and a big boot destroys Rey! Cover for two, Porter pressing the attack, drawing him up, putting him into the corner for boots.

Mysterio with a drop toehold into the second, leg-feed enzuigiri, MVP heads to the floor and Rey hits a Frankensteiner off the apron to send him into the barricade and us to break!

Back from commercial, Porter smashes Mysterio’s face into the turnbuckles and sends him into the ropes. Rey with strikes, he gets whipped to the corner but gets the boots up on the charge. Headed up top, MVP clubs him from behind, electric chair... DRAGONRANA INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! Chops, whip reversed, Mysterio pressing the attack, perching up top, seated senton off the top and he follows it up with a quebrada... NOPE!

Montel with a World’s Strongest Slam to turn the tide, Ballin’ Elbow connects but Rey gets his hand on the ropes! Porter with probing kicks, powerbomb lift, Mysterio counters with punches and a Frankensteiner to put him on the second! MVP gets up in time to dodge most of the 619 but he eats enough of it...

Rey Mysterio wins by pinfall with a springboard splash.

Commentary hypes up women’s Royal Rumble winner Charlotte Flair making her choice as to who to challenge and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of our opening segment, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

Aleister Black vs. Kenneth Johnson

Black in with leg kicks, dominating the match...

Aleister Black wins by pinfall with Black Mass.

Post-match, Black gets on the mic and talks about how he got eliminated last night, but before you jump to conclusions, the only person accountable for his loss is him, and he owns that loss. But he’s made a mistake in that he’s waited for folks to come pick a fight with him, but tonight that changes, and he’ll bring the fight to them.

We get a recap of Buddy Murphy joining Seth Rollins’ little group and then they make their entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Seth Rollins cuts a promo about his time in the Royal Rumble last night.

He asks for a round of applause for Drew McIntyre and tells him to enjoy it while it lasts ‘cause they’ll stab you in the back so fast. But he’s a leader and he’s here to focus on the positives, like how he eliminated Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe and neither man is going to WrestleMania. And the other good thing is right beside him, because he and Buddy Murphy are tag champs.

Enter Owens and Joe.

KO gets on the mic and tells Seth he’s been an absolute jackass for months and he means that from the bottom of his heart. Rollins says that’s rich coming from Kev, who should shut up and come fight. Samoa pipes up and says Seth got his big boy britches on and he’s ready to fight but it’s funny to him because Owens has been looking for a fight for weeks and hasn’t gotten one.

Kev says he’s usually not so eager to fight, so where are AOP waiting and ready to jump in and fight them. Seth says he thought they might say that and so he told Akam and Rezar to stay in the back and what’s more he made sure there was a camera on them as proof. Joe says that’s enough proof for him and he certainly doesn’t think this is a scam based on pretaped footage.

Rollins asks if he’s calling him a liar and Joe says yes, which leads to Seth to ask Akam to say something to Kev to prove that it’s live, which he does. Samoa confirms that AOP are back in his private dressing room, and KO thanks him because now they don’t have to look for them anymore... AND THE VIKING RAIDERS JUMP THE AUTHORS OF PAIN!

Referees try to pull the two teams apart and we go to break.

Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins (c) vs. Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)

Joe and Rollins to start, circling, collar and elbow, Seth with a backhammer and then a wristlock, wrenching it in. Samoa slips out and jabs him in the face and Rollins falls to the floor! Murphy checks on his buddy and then Seth tags him in. Circling Buddy with a waistlock, Joe fights out with a headbutt and follows it with a devastating chop! Jabs on jabs, body blows, backing him into the corner.

Murphy fights back with forearms but Samoa freight trains him and tags Owens in! Kev running hot with corner punches, scoop and a slam and a Vader Bomb elbow drop... NOPE! Chop in the corner, tag to Joe, snapmare and a running elbow drop, again just two. Tag bafck to KO, short-arm lariat, right hand, jawing at Rollins, drawing Buddy up and whipping him hard into the corner.

Front chancery, tag to Samoa, chop, Russian legsweep, cover for two. Backbreaker gets another two count, forearms, Seth tags in and the heels double-team Joe. Double whip, back body drop puts Seth to the floor to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Rollins is in control on Owens and we get a recap of our how Joe was forced out of the match after his dive before the commercial break. Heels working quick tags, KO lays Murphy out with a DDT but he’s got nobody to tag! Fighting valiantly, chops get a leg lariat from Murphy and Buddy puts Owens in the corner and makes the tag.

KO fighting back, pop-up powerbomb on Seth... NOPE! Up top with Murphy, jockeying for position... SENTON ATOMICO FROM OWENS BUT ROLLINS MAKES THE SAVE! BIG MAN TOPE CON GIRO WIPES SETH OUT ON THE FLOOR! Buddy with a hard knee, Kev ducks an apron Blackout, going for the Stunner on Bud but he gets it on Seth, Murphy from behind...

Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins win by pinfall with a schoolboy from Murphy on Kevin Owens to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions.

We get some Royal Rumble recap action.

Andrade “Cien” Almas makes his entrance with Zelina Vega at his side.

Back from commercial, Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage.

She talks about she’s been wondering what kind of champion she was, but after she collected that final debt last night something profound happened. She looked at her title and it hit her, she really is in a whole different league from the rest of those dopes! She called her shots, up and down her record, and she’s beaten them all. Now the next ass she’s gonna beat is because she wants to, not because she has to.

Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo (WWE United States Championship)

Carrillo charges in, shotgun dropkick, lighting Almas up with punches and stomps in the corner until referee Darrick Moore admonishes him. He backs off for a beat, back in, taking it to the floor and beating Andrade up further. Cien gets back into it, back inside, running knee in the corner, roll him away, cover for two. Almas putting boots to him in the corner, Moore warns him as well.

Whip across, Humberto drops him to the floor and follows it with a slingshot dropkick. Off the ropes, corkscrew tope wipes Cien out and sends us to break!

Back from commercial, whip across, boot up, Almas goes for the inverted La Campana again! Carrillo sits up in it but Andrade powerbombs him! Back suplex, Humberto lands on his feet but he gets powerbombed again. Humberto with a tijeras, springboard crossbody, duck the enzuigiri, second try lucky and Carrillo’s standing tall! Back roll moonsault... NOPE!

Almas straight suplex, land on his feet, cut Humberto off on the springboard, cover for two. Hammerlock DDT denied, springboard gamengiri, headed up top, diving moonsault... VEGA MAKES THE SAVE AND REFEREE DARRICK MOORE HAS TO THROW IT OUT!

Humberto Carrillo wins by disqualification.

Post-match, a furious Humberto beats the hell out of Andrade, stomping away. Carrillo pulls the mats up... AND HITS ANDRADE WITH HIS OWN HAMMERLOCK DDT ON THE CONCRETE FOR A MEASURE OF REVENGE!

Trainers check on Andrade.

Commentary promises us that Charlotte Flair and her announcement are up next, after the break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of Edge’s retirement promo from 2011.

Charlotte Flair makes her entrance.

She gets on the mic and we get a recap of her victory. She says she’s still thinking about who she’s gonna challenge with her victory—

Enter Kabuki Warriors.

Asuka congratulates Flair and says she doesn’t think so before continuing in Japanese at some length. She says if she entered the women’s Royal Rumble, she would have won. Charlotte asks if she’s challenging her and the Kabukis attack, laying her out with a suplex as we go to break!

Back from commercial, we have a match!

Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair

Collar and elbow, going at it, back into the corner, Flair breaks clean but they go right back to it. Charlotte in with chops, shoulder block, whip reversed, Flair Flip, shoulder block from the apron, slingshot into a kneeling armbar! Asuka out, kick to the face, cover for two. More kicks, to the back, referee Shaun Bennett warning Asuka to get her out of the ropes, running hip attack gets dodged.

Charging in, STO backbreaker, Flair fighting back into it, lariat connects, she blocks a bulldog and follows it up with a basement dropkick. Leg pick, wrenching Asuka’s leg over the middle rope, spinning toehold but Asuka kicks her into the ropes. German suplex, missile dropkick but the Queen kicks out! Octopus hold applied, Charlotte fights out and hits another basement dropkick!

Firing chops off, headed up top, Kairi Sane running interference and Asuka knocks Flair to the floor to send us to break!

Back from commercial, this match is still happening. Flair with a back suplex, Asuka fires back and hits the bulldog this time! Clubbing away, primal scream, perching up top, Charlotte sidesteps the missile dropkick and and hits one of her own but Asuka snaps her neck over the top rope! Back inside, big boot... SO CLOSE! Flair headed up top, moonsault... NOBODY HOME!

Asuka capitalizes, grounded octopus but Charlotte slips out but gets caught in a triangle. Asuka readjusts, Flair posts up and hits the counter powerbomb! Folding press... STILL NO! Natural Selection blocked, Asuka hits a Codebreaker for two! Jockeying for position, off the ropes, spear... again just a nearfall! Figure four leglock applied, bridging back but Sane is up top and hits the elbow! Bennett has no choice...

Charlotte Flair wins by disqualification.

Post-match, Kairi beats Flair down but gets put into the post hard and then dropped by one of Charlotte’s signature big boots! Asuka pulls her out of the ring and the tag champs stare on.

Backstage, Street Profits are doing their usual hype man routine. Kelly Kelly shows up and joins in the fun.

Mojo Rawley makes his entrance, flanked by Riddick Moss of all people to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Mojo Rawley cuts a promo about how he’s not running and hiding and he’s gonna defend the title in the ring. He introduces Riddick Moss as his “offensive lineman” who will block anybody that tries and comes for his gold.

Mojo Rawley (c) vs. No Way Jose (WWE 24/7 Championship)

Rawley with a chop block right away, charging forearm in the corner, fireman’s carry...

Mojo Rawley wins by pinfall with a military press drop to retain the WWE 24/7 Championship.

Post-match, one of the conga line guys rolls him up...

R-Truth wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin to win the WWE 24/7 Championship.

He turns around and Mojo hosses him up...

Mojo Rawley wins by pinfall with a military press drop to win the WWE 24/7 Championship.

We get a recap of the whole Rusev/Lana/Lashley/Morgan saga.

Lana makes her entrance to send us to break.

Lana vs. Liv Morgan

Collar and elbow, Morgan means business and Lana breaks to slap the taste out of her mouth! Liv fires back with slaps of her own, backsplash, snapmare into a kick to the back, cover for two! Lana knocks her to the floor and jaws at her before throwing her back in for a cover that gets two. Lana posing and taunting, reverse chinlock applied, Morgan escapes and fires up, running enzuigiri connects!

Charging in, double stomp to the back, still no! Getting her set up...

Liv Morgan wins by pinfall with an Arabian press reverse STO.

We see Erick Rowan walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances.

Branden Vice vs. Erick Rowan

It’s an Erick Rowan squash.

Erick Rowan wins by pinfall with the clawslam.

We go to break on a recap of Edge’s return last night.

Back from commercial, Edge makes his entrance.

He gets on the mic and begins but immediately gets drowned out by chants. As a performer, as an athlete, as an artist, and wrestlers are all of those things, he says the reaction he got last night and just now, you have no idea what it means to him. It’s why he does this, and he thanks us, which gets him a “You deserve it!” chant that morphs into “You still got it!”

But to address the elephant in the room, how is he standing here? Nine years ago he was medically disqualified from ever doing this again, but it stuck with him and he kept asking over the years, “What if?” So he got to work, he got a second neck surgery, and then he busted his ass to get in the best shape of his life at 46 years old so he could step back in here and end his career on his terms.

So he found himself in the Royal Rumble, saw some familiar faces and some new faces. Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, Matt Riddle, the list goes on and on, and boys, hopefully he sees you down the road. He’s not fooling himself, he knows this might not last this long, and he doesn’t know how long it will last, but he hopes that all of us join him on this ride.

He gets his first “Yes!” chant and says he has to thank Daniel Bryan for that, it’s pretty cool. He knows he’s a little older, a little bit greyer, he’s got some crows’ feet, but it’s the roadmap that got him here, and he’s got one thing that you can’t fabricate, you can’t fake, you can’t force— he has grit. If you knock him down, he gets back up.

Enter Randy Orton.

They embrace and Orton grabs a mic. He admits he has a self-destructive personality, but years ago when he’d dig a hole too deep to get himself out of, there was one guy that’d grab his hand and pull him out of that hole, and that was Edge. So he welcomes Edge home and says he’s a brother to him. Feeling that energy, that chemistry they have, that was special.

So you’re out here talking about what ifs, he’s got one for you. He doesn’t know how anyone is gonna feel about this, but what if Rated RKO got back together one more time? He waits for a response for a beat... AND HITS THE RKO! The Viper goes and gets a chair and beats Edge down with it! He leans in the corner a minute before grabbing the chair again and sliding Edge’s head into it!

Randy has a a moment of... sadness? Regret? Before getting himself to the second rope... Again the feelings wash over him but the Viper settles into that thousand-yard stare... and drops down to the mat. He pulls Edge’s head out of the chair and leaves. He runs around ringside and gets two more chairs! He slips one under Edge’s head and holds the other in his hands... CON-CHAIR-TO!

Orton falls to the mat, seated and lost in his own thoughts before leaning over Edge and whispering something in his ear.

That’s the show, folks.

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