WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 10, 2022) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in St. Louis.
Advertised for tonight: Doudrop, Bianca Belair, and Liv Morgan collide in a triple threat match that will determine who will challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw women’s championship at Royal Rumble. Elsewhere, Alpha Academy will challenge RK-Bro for the Raw tag team titles. Then, we’ll get a look at Alexa Bliss’s journey back to Raw following a months long absence after Charlotte Flair destroyed her doll, Lilly. All that and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 10
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The show opens with a recap of Brock Lesnar winning the title last week and of Bobby Lashley winning a four-way to become #1 contender.
Brock Lesnar makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman as usual.
We see Bobby Lashley and Montel Vontavious Porter hanging out in Gorilla and Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin are there. Cedric pitches him on how they can help, but Bob says he works alone now and the Hurt Business is through.
Back in the ring, Paul gives Brock his usual big entrance and Lesnar says hello to Philadelphia. (Hi, Brock.)
But before he can continue, Lashley and MVP make their entrance.
They stride right up to the ring and get in, and Montel gives his man his respective big intro. Bob talks Lesnar up, one super athlete to another, and says it’s an honor to share a ring and look him in the eye and tell him with all due respect that for twenty years he’s been ducking him and running from him.
Brock says he didn’t have a clue who Bob was until they met at Day 1 and it’s his fault he didn’t climb the ladder faster, “with all due respect.” He mocks Lashley for dressing all fancy and Bob says after he wins at Royal Rumble, he’ll be front row for Brock’s comedy act because he is hilarious.
Lesnar says he’s funny AND he’s money, and tells a knock knock joke where the punchline is “Bobby Who?” “Exactly!” He says it’s impossible to beat Brock Lesnar and even harder when you’re a Brock Lesnar wannabe, and leaves, his point made.
Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander jump Lashley but he manages to fight them off! He takes Shelton to the floor and puts him into the post, and Cedric gets the same treatment!
We get a recap of Otis Dozovic defeating Matt Riddle last week.
Riddle is in Gorilla and summons Randy Orton.
He’s trying to ascend to a higher plane of enlightenment but Randy tells him this isn’t his free time and they lost because he didn’t tag Orton in and tonight the stakes are higher because the titles are on the line, and he writes “tag in” on Matt’s right hand and “Randy” on his left so he’ll know what to do.
Orton gives him one more chance to say a thing and Matt asks him where he wants to go for cheesesteaks after the show.
RK-BRO make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for the Royal Rumble.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. RK-BRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Riddle and Gable to start, circling, collar and elbow, drop toehold, cartwheel into a headlock, Matt fires back with a waistlock takedown but Chad gets the ropes! Snapmare into a reverse chinlock, Riddle breaks free, whip to the corner, big roundhouse kick, senton connects, Gable to the floor, Penalty Kick off the apron and the corkscrew Asai moonsault wipes him out to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Gable with a Dragon screw, tag to Otis, Riddle lands on his feet off a back suplex and hits the corkscrew moonsault off the top! Tags made, Orton in with lariats, snap scoop powerslam takes Chad off his feet! Randy up top, jockeying for position and he hits that beautiful Superplex!
Orton goes to that special place, Otis runs interference and takes Riddle out, RKO blocked, blind tag, RKO blocked again, Dozer gets him up...
Alpha Academy win by pinfall with a World’s Strongest Slam from Otis Dozovic on Randy Orton, winning the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
We get a promo from Damian Priest about how he’s shown the world what he’s capable of and now that he’s got a taste of it, he’s entering the Royal Rumble to win the big one.
He’s hanging out with the Street Profits in Gorilla. Damian says it’s every man for himself at the Royal Rumble, but he’s glad they all have each others’ backs tonight. The Profits ask what side they’re getting, but he says it doesn’t matter ‘cause they’re gonna win either way.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bianca Belair gets promo where she says she’s gonna win the Royal Rumble and main event WrestleMania again.
Apollo Crews & Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode) vs. Damian Priest & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Crews and Ford to start, up and over, handspring and Montez shows off a little! Blasting Apollo, quick cover, Ziggler tags in and charges in but Ford sidesteps and tags Priest in! Taking Dolph down with strikes, boxing his ears, pop-up drop, rolling elbow to Roode, charging elbows on both of them, heels end up on the floor and babyfaces stand tall as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Crews hits the military press into the standing moonsault on Ford as the heat segment rolls on! Arm-trap reverse chinlock applied on Montez, he gets a powerbomb for some breathing room and the path is clear! Tags made, Dawkins in hot with Roode, off the ropes, uppercut, exploder suplex to fight Crews off, one for Ziggler as well!
Angelo off the ropes, one-handed bulldog on Robert, spinning Stinger splash sets up the Drill Bit but Crews breaks it up! Ford with a tope con giro to take Crews and Azeez out, Roode with a schoolboy on Dawkins, spinebuster connects but Ziggler comes from behind...
Apollo Crews & Dirty Dawgz win by pinfall with a Zig Zag from Dolph Ziggler on Angelo Dawkins.
We get a recap of Brock Lesnar’s appearance on SmackDown last week and of Seth Rollins being crowned an unlikely #1 contender to the Universal Championship.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of our opening segment.
Seth Rollins gets on the mic.
He tells us he’s in a great mood tonight because the Royal Rumble is on the horizon and you may be asking why he’s so excited for the Royal Rumble. It’s not because Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar are going to hit each other until one of them falls down, and it’s not because of the Royal Rumble proper, it’s because of his title shot against Roman Reigns.
He hypes up the match and explains he got the match by taking matters into his own hands because he’s Seth friggin’ Rollins. Few things in life are certain— death, taxes, and Seth Rollins beats Roman Reigns every time.
Enter Big E.
He’s excited for Seth Rollins, as excited as [LOCAL SPORTS REFERENCE] (listen, I just live here), and when Seth asks why, he says he’s his favorite of all the challengers at Royal Rumble and he put a sawbuck down on him. Big announces that he’s entered the Royal Rumble, because of all the things he could fantasize about, at the top of the list is winning the title at WrestleMania.
Rollins says he’s happy for him and would be happy to bet on him as well, but he doesn’t stand a chance against him. E says he was thinking they should test that theory out tonight, and Seth begs off. Big challenges him to have the match right now, and Rollins accepts!
Big E vs. Seth Rollins
Circling, collar and elbow, drop down, dropkick from Rollins, drop down, leapfrog, belly-to-belly suplex connects, off the ropes, boot up, Seth passes E to the floor and dives on him! Back inside, another dive cut off by a forearm, Big drags him over and throws him onto the apron for the apron splash and we go to break!
Back from commercial, E still in control, whip across, Rollins with a front kick and chops, whip to the corner, Flair flip, Big catches him but Seth slips out and chop blocks him before hitting a low DDT! E to the floor, diving knee off the apron, Rollins throws him back in, diving knee off the top... NOPE!
Seth grinding him down with a reverse chinlock, elbows for chops, Big hits the corner Rock Bottom and starts firing up! Lariats, Rollins cuts him off with a headbutt, back body drop to the apron... E HITS THE SUICIDE SPEAR AND WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, E hits the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes, off the ropes, big splash connects! Corner Rock Bottom countered into an arm drag, elbow connects, jockeying for position, Rollins floats over a suplex attempt, ducks a lariat, enzuigiri, schoolboy, no dice!
Superkick, up top, frog splash... NO GOOD! Big hits a powerbomb and turns it right into a Stretch Muffler on the kickout! Seth gets the ropes, elbows, duck a backfist, a crossbody gets turned into a Rock Bottom... STILL NO! Off the ropes, suicide spear countered with a knee, Rollins goes up top but E cuts him off.
Jockeying for position, back down, Seth with underhooks, no dice, rolling elbow, off the ropes... BLACKOUT! Slow to cover...
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout.
We get a recap of the announced entrants into the women’s Royal Rumble, including Impact’s Mickie James.
Super Brutality make their entrance to send us to break.
Super Brutality are interviewed in the ring.
They have an announcement, and Nikki ASH says that’s a challenge to Carmella and Zelina Vega for a rematch. Ripley gets in her ear and says that’s not what they talked about, and Nikki cuts her off and says everything’s fine, but Rhea says she doesn’t want to talk about this out here.
ASH says she wants to talk right now, and claims that once they get the tag titles back everything will be okay. Ripley fends off attempts to claim that she thinks she’s better than Nikki, but Nikki’s not having it and claims that she was the one doing Rhea a favor by sticking together.
Ripley says she never said she was better in the ring and ASH says she was talking about herself. Rhea gets hot and offers a hand to shake, saying it’s goodbye for now. Nikki says fine, she doesn’t want to be her teammate anymore, but she can’t shake her hand until Ripley looks her in the eye and tells her she still believes in her.
Rhea says she’s always believed in her and always will, and with her or against her, she’ll never stop believing in her and really hopes that they can be friends. Nikki asks if she means it and Ripley hugs her close. ASH poses on the ropes, Rhea offers a fist bump after and Nikki attacks her and beats her down!
She leaves the ring and says superheroes don’t need any friends while she stands tall on the ramp.
Backstage, Reggie brings Dana Brooke cheesesteaks before realizing something feels off. He tries to walk her out and R-Truth chases them, shouting and asking what kind of cheese they got. He pushes a trash can that has Akira Tozawa in it, Reggie and Dana throw their sandwiches and hit Tamina square on the jaw as they get away!
Snuka chases Truth off, Reggie literally runs into Omos and gets held against the wall until Dana comes over to yell at him. Omos tells him to watch what he does tonight, because next week, he’ll do worse.
Omos makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Doudrop cuts a commercial where she says she won’t be overlooked and she’s going to win tonight.
Nick Sanders vs. Omos
Poor Sanders is half the size of Omos, so it’s squash city...
Omos wins by pinfall with the chokebomb.
Post-match, we see Dana Brooke and Reggie watching backstage.
We get a recap of our opening segment, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Edge makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Edge gets on the mic.
He says it’s great to be back in Philly and introduces his guest for the Cutting Edge, his wife, Beth Phoenix.
Beth comes down and takes a seat.
Edge talks about them being married and having kids but Day 1 was the first time they got to interact in a match, and they’re gonna do some damage together. He points out they’ve won more titles than any other couple in WWE and they’re the only couple in the Hall of Fame.
He tosses to a retrospective video of Beth’s career as a full-time wrestler. Phoenix is blown away by the video and seems to suggest that the flattery is going to lead to an excellent night in the bedroom, but she’s here to talk business. That video was just a little sampling of what she can do.
At the Royal Rumble she’s gonna shut Miz and Maryse up.
Enter Miz and Maryse.
Miz runs Philly down and makes his case for them winning the rematch, questioning Edge’s masculinity.
Maryse gets an equal and opposite hype reel and Miz personally sings her praises. Edge says she’s a former champion and busted her butt to prove everyone wrong, and he and Beth both respect her, but his wife can deadlift a damn Buick, and if he had to wrestle her, he’d have the same look on his face as she does.
Beth says she’s gonna wreck Maryse at the Royal Rumble, au revoir. Miz tries to get Maryse to talk about how she’s gonna destroy Phoenix but she runs away and leaves him alone on the stage. Beth says if she’s too afraid to show up, she’ll take great pleasure in knocking Miz’s teeth in.
Austin Theory is interviewed backstage.
He says he has the chance to impress Mr. McMahon, and he personally reminded him that AJ Styles isn’t to be taken likely, but he’s going to beat him and Vince will have no doubt but to continue to invest in Austin Theory. Theory also says Vince told him not to screw this up.
AJ Styles makes his entrance to send us to break.
AJ Styles vs. Austin Theory
Styles with chops in the corner, stopping short of an up-and-over, hitting a backbreaker to take Theory down! Austin with a fisherman suplex, following it up with a waistlock, AJ fights out and sends him running with a dropkick! Nobody home on the plancha, Theory knocks him down, rolling thunder dropkick and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Styles hits the Osaka Street Cutter for two! Theory with the crossleg brainbuster on the knee, still just two, fireman’s carry, AJ slips out to the apron and lines him up for it but Grayson Waller is here and pulls him off the apron!
AJ Styles wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, Theory slides out and takes a selfie over Styles’ fallen body and leaves him to Waller to beat up! AJ recovers and runs Grayson off.
Backstage, Grayson Waller is interviewed.
He claims nothing he did was underhanded and he was just giving Styles a taste of what he’s gonna get tomorrow night on NXT.
Liv Morgan gets a promo about tonight’s match where she says she’ll never stop giving everything she has, and she’s gonna win the Royal Rumble.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a vignette of Alexa Bliss stopping perpetual motion balls in a doctor’s office with her brain powers.
The doctor introduces himself and leads her through some deep breathing. He says the first step is admitting you have a problem in the first place and she melodramatically admits she has a problem and asked to be fixed. He’s going to test her baseline reactions to some things, and he shows her a video clip of Lilly getting destroyed by Charlotte Flair.
She says that makes her feel thirsty, and pours herself a glass of water, emptying the pitcher and spilling it all over the floor. She grabs the poor doc by his tie and asks how he feels. He says not great, and she says that’s a shame because she’s pretty dandy, and she starts smashing up his office.
He begs off as she keeps smashing stuff, and eventually runs away as she screams.
Becky Lynch gets on the mic.
She says there are three women in the back about to come out for a big time triple threat and she runs down her opinion of all three— Liv doesn’t know when to back down, Bianca is undeniable but she’s beaten her again and again, and Doudrop is a fellow Celt she respects.
All three have delusions of grandeur, notions that they’ll overthrow her, and she’ll join the match on commentary.
Our contenders make their entrances and we go to break.
Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop vs. Liv Morgan (WWE Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Three-way slugfest to start, Doudrop with a German suplex on Belair, Bianca low-bridges her out of the ring, Doudrop pulls her out and they brawl on the floor until Morgan hits a slingshot tope con giro on them! Taking Belair back inside, Bianca cuts her off with shoulder thrusts, up and over, Doudrop back inside but she gets run off in short order!
Belair with a back suplex, Doudrop takes her out with a freight train crossbody and follows it up with a Michinoku Driver! Liv goes for a Frankensteiner, Doudrop reverses into an electric chair facebuster into Bianca, covers them both... NOPE! Cobra Clutch locked on Morgan in the middle of the ring!
Putting her in the corner, Liv sidesteps a cannonball and pops up for double stomps to her back! Morgan falls out of the ring and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Doudrop whips Belair into the corner but gets cut off, Liv comes and Frankensteiners Bianca, O’Connor roll on Doudrop... NOPE! Belair and Morgan get into it, throwing windmill punches, trading pins, Rings of Saturn applied in the middle of the ring, Bianca screaming but staying in it, elbows to the ribs!
Belair posts up onto her knees and then onto her feet, swinging her out but Liv counters with a Codebreaker! One for Doudrop too, kicking Bianca into the turnbuckles, setting her up, Doudrop cuts her off, Belair off the top... 450 SPLASH BUT SHE’S SLOW TO CAPITALIZE!
Covers, only two, Belair hits a spinebuster on Doudrop, Glam Slam puts Liv into her, handspring moonsault, lifting Morgan up, she hits the KOD but Becky Lynch breaks it up! Bianca chases Becky around the ring, Lynch throws her over the announce table, Doudrop drags Liv into position...
Doudrop wins by pinfall with a Banzai Drop on Liv Morgan, becoming #1 contender to the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Becky Lynch tries to attack her after the match but Doudrop is the immovable object and shrugs her off!
That’s the show, folks.