WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 24, 2022) from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this coming Saturday night in St. Louis.
Advertised for tonight: Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar will have an official weigh-in. They don’t have a weight limit for their match, so who knows what the point of this is, but it’s happening either way. Elsewhere, Randy Orton and Riddle an Academic Challenge against Chad Gable and Otis of Alpha Academy. We don’t know exactly what this will entail but Otis is very nervous and Riddle, despite being an idiot, is not. 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. 24
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The show opens with a scale in the ring for the weigh-in for the WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble, Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar.
Brock makes his entrance dressed like a cowboy, Corey Graves tells him that’s not proper attire, and Lesnar asks if he’d like him to get naked. When Graves sputters, he says to carry on with the show.
Bob gets on the scale and weighs in at 273 pounds, which prompts Montel Vontavious Porter to hype his man up as bottled lightning for Brock to contend with. Graves advises Lesnar to take some clothes off but all he removes is his hat as he stands on the scale.
Brock weighs in at 286 pounds and Lashley calls him out for acting like a fool because he knows he’s gonna lose the title. Lesnar lays out a situation where Bobby Lashley wins and suggests that he’s a nobody in the process.
Bianca Belair makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Queen Zelina Vega gets an inset promo where she says she’s gonna win and such.
Bianca Belair vs. Queen Zelina Vega
Belair in control with her strength early, waistlock takedowns, handspring evasion into a dropkick, kip-up, delayed vertical suplex but Vega counters with a Stundog Millionaire! Boots in the corner, choking Bianca, trying to grind her down with a bodyscissors reverse chinlock.
Belair slides out of a Frankensteiner and lays in some kicks to reverse the momentum, straight suplex, roll through into the delayed vertical and she kips up! Off the ropes, handspring moonsault but Zelina gets the knees up! Yoshi Tonic blocked, backbreaker rack...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD.
Kevin Owens is interviewed backstage.
When his integrity is questioned he tells the interviewer his opinion is moot and he wasn’t feigning an injury last week, he fought through the pain and now tonight he gets a United States Championship match and he’s gonna keep fighting until he’s United States Champion.
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Damian Priest (c) vs. Kevin Owens (WWE United States Championship)
Owens with strikes in the corner at the bell, Priest turns him around and lights him up in turn! Off the ropes, Damian nails him with a pump kick, Kev rolls to the floor and sidesteps a dive! Priest stops himself short and goes outside, throwing KO into the barricade!
Getting back on his feet, throwing a senton off the apron, knees up and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Priest lighting him up with kicks, big corner elbow, box the ears, headlock driver... NOPE! Up in the corner, jockeying for position, Owens hits a tornado DDT, off the top with the frog splash... DAMIAN PRIEST WON’T STAY DOWN! Basement superkick, off the ropes, Priest has the powerbomb scouted, pop-up drop into a reverse roundhouse but KO kicks out!
Owens claiming a wrist injury, Damian putting boots to him unmerciful, referee Eddie Orengo tells him to back off and Kev snaps his neck over the ropes! Schoolboy and a handful of tights, only two, Stunner blocked and a lariat takes Owens off his feet! Priest snaps, kicks to the ribs and stomps in the corner, Orengo warning him off but he won’t listen...
Kevin Owens wins by disqualification due to castigo de excesivo.
We get some promos from women who have entered the Royal Rumble, claiming that they’re each going to be the one to win.
Rhea Ripley makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sonya Deville lectures Damian Priest backstage about what might happen if he refuses to listen to referees.
We get another round of “I’m totally winning the Royal Rumble” character promos, this time from the heels in this trios match.
Carmella, Nikki ASH, & Tamina vs. Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan, & Rhea Ripley
Tamina and Brooke to start, Snuka grinding her down with a rear chinlock, Rhea tags in and lights her up! Short-arm headbutt, leg trip, off the ropes with a basement dropkick, the match breaks down and eventually Tamina tags Carmella in! Piefacing Ripley, Rhea fires up, double leg right into the inverted cloverleaf! It’s over!
Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan, & Rhea Ripley win by submission with the inverted cloverleaf from Ripley on Carmella.
Post-match, Nikki ASH hits a hit-and-run dropkick on Rhea!
Alpha Academy make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Chad Gable explains the Academic Challenge (which will be three events over the coming weeks) and announces that Alpha Academy have entered the Royal Rumble.
We’re informed that tonight’s winners get to pick next week’s event.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. RK-BRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (Academic Challenge Round 1: Spelling Bee)
Otis goes first and successfully spells “Emmental.”
Riddle is next and gets “calibration,” spelling it correctly after a few flights of fancy.
Gable is third in the rotation and his word is “disillusion,” which he spells incorrectly, spelling “dissolution” instead.
Orton gets “dumbbell” and spells it correctly without definition or use in a sentence.
RK-BRO win by spelling words correctly.
Post-match, Randy challenges Chad to a match right here in Ohio tonight and spells his finisher to stay on theme and send us to break.
Chad Gable vs. Randy Orton
Mat grappling to start, action heating up, running the ropes, Gable with some arm drags into an armbar! Orton backs him into the corner, up and over, block the arm drag, RKO denied and Chad bails to the floor! Randy with a wristlock, he backs off and comes right back to a throat thrust and chops!
Gable lighting him up in the corner, Orton with some elbows and the Olympian goes to the floor! Randy follows, back suplex into the apron, back inside, Otis runs interference, chop block, off the top with the diving moonsault... only a nearfall as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Gable grabs an ankle lock, Orton clubs to break but his leg gives out on the whip! back and forth, Randy busts out the back-to-back backbreaker and walks it off, going to that special place! Riddle gets taken out by Otis on the floor, backslide gets Chad two!
Snap scoop powerslam connects but Randy’s still hurting! He’s thinking punt but Gable counters into the ankle lock in the middle of the ring! Riddle attacks Otis with a scooter, Randy is able to kick out of it and outta nowhere...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.
Post-match, Matt Riddle picks next week’s Academic Challenge— a scooter race, justified as being part of gym class.
We get a teaser for another Alexa Bliss segment and go to break.
Back from commercial, Alexa Bliss is back in the shrink’s office.
She says Lilly’s always been with her, any time she was looked down on or made fun of, she was there. They even met once, and she used to get picked on by these teens because she looked funny and wore glasses. Once they shoved her down and she blacked out, and when she woke up, there was “Lilly.”
We get another Austin Theory segment with Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
He says it felt pretty good destroying Finn Balor and he’s gonna win the Royal Rumble and main event WrestleMania, and he asks for a good number. McMahon takes offense and books him a match against AJ Styles tonight. Austin is game and almost forgets his phone, and when Vince gives it to him he tells him he better come back with a really good selfie.
AJ Styles makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Veer Mahaan is still coming. Dude’s gotta be *pretty* dehydrated by now...
AJ Styles vs. Austin Theory
Theory backs him into the corner and breaks clean to flex. Side headlock from Styles, shot off, dropkick sends Austin to the floor! Plancha forearm, back inside and Theory manages to catch AJ with a reverse chinlock! Styles breaks free, big knee drop for two! Backed into the corner with chops, hard whip across and AJ takes the turnbuckles hard!
Referee Aja Perera backs Theory off to check on Styles, they end up on the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, picture perfect dropkick sends AJ crashing to the floor and us to break.
Back from commercial, Styles lands an enzuigiri but Austin hits a Black Hole Slam backbreaker in return... NOPE! Shoulder thrusts in the corner, whip reversed, big back body drop for two! AJ crawls to the corner, elbow up, moonsault inverted DDT connects!
Styles Rush, suplex into a neckbreaker, off the ropes, sliding forearm, only two! Theory with a release back suplex for a two count, boot up in the corner, rolling thunder blockbuster... SO CLOSE! Forearms in the corner, setting AJ up top, Styles slips out and trips him up!
Austin wants a powerbomb, AJ slips out and hits the Pele Kick! Fireman’s carry, ATL denied, Calf Killer is on in the middle of the ring! Theory crawls to the ropes for a break! Throat thrust cuts Styles off, boots up in the corner, springboard, Austin shakes the ropes, folding press with his feet up but referee Aja Perera catches him and waves off the count!
Styles cuts him off and springboards...
AJ Styles wins by pinfall with the Phenomenal Forearm.
We see Doudrop and Becky Lynch mic’d up for a satellite interview.
A hype reel for WWE 2K22 follows to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Becky Lynch and Doudrop are interviewed via satellite.
Lynch wants to start with a story about a wee lass named Doudrop, and who in their right mind would want to fight her? And maybe she’s not in her right mind, or she’s that confident, or that generous, or— Doudrop says Becky hand-picked her because she’s desperate and has been ducking and diving and scrambling to hold onto the title and she wants an easy victory and she thinks she’ll have one.
Becky complains that she didn’t hear “thank you” anywhere in there, and Doudrop is in for a rude awakening when she gets beat. Doudrop says she zoned out at all of that and she’ll show some gratitude when she gets some respect. Lynch tells her to know her place and Doudrop storms off.
She finds Becky at her interview station and attacks her, leading referees to pull them apart!
Rey Mysterio is backstage with Dominik when an interview rolls up.
Rey talks up how cool it is to be the cover star for WWE 2K22 and he’s still chasing achievements even with all he’s done is his career, and also the game is fire. Dom talks about playing the games as a kid and says he’s gonna start his legacy with a Royal Rumble victory on Saturday.
Rey teases him about having to eliminate him to do that and Dominik says pops will be the first to go.
Street Profits make their entrance to send us to break.
Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)
Dominik and Dawkins to start, big lucha arm drag in the feeling out, off the ropes, leaping lariat in return! Dom dives on him, Rey gets into it with Montez, Ford off the ropes, tope con giro wipes the Mysterios out and sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Dawkins is grinding Dominik down with a reverse chinlock. He gets away, tags made, Rey catches Montez, off the top with the diving seated senton! Off the ropes, Ford pops him up and lets him fall! Big splash follows, cover for two!
619 countered, caught, electric chair reversed...
The Mysterios win by pinfall with a victory roll from Rey Mysterio on Montez Ford.
Post-match, everybody dumps everybody else out of the ring to remind us how the Royal Rumble works, and Dirty Dawgz run in to join the fun and send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of last week’s SmackDown.
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage.
He says it’s always and always has been about him and Roman and now they’re going one on one for the Universal Championship and he likes his odds. He says he’s got Reigns’ number, and he’s taking one more trip to SmackDown before the Royal Rumble because he likes to deliver his messages in person.
Commentary hypes up the Royal Rumble card.
The Miz makes his entrance and gets into a ring festooned for Maryse’s birthday celebration, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for Shawn Michaels being on Raw Talk.
Miz gives Maryse a big intro and she makes her entrance.
Miz gives her her first gift, which is a portrait of them as royalty. Maryse says that makes her feel more special than they day their children were born or any of several expensive gifts. Miz says no expense has been spared and he’s bought top of the line security to make sure nobody interrupts.
Her second gift is a sparkly box that says “no limit” because there’s no limit to what their love can do. They kiss and she asks what’s in the big box. Miz says he doesn’t know why that one is there and he thought maybe she got it for him. She has no idea, and Miz calls security in to open it.
Dude tears the foil open and it’s the brick that Maryse put in her purse to bludgeon Beth Phoenix with! Miz calls for a three count to sing happy birthday and gets mad when the crowd boos. Happy birthday ensues for a few bars until—
Enter Beth Phoenix and Edge, dressed for asskicking.
Edge says Mike and Maryse have been real clever but it’s not going to hell them on Saturday because they’ve stepped in it and they’re gonna show everyone how bad an idea that was! Edge and Beth cut through security guards like a hot knife, finishing up by powerbombing a dude into the cake!
The babyfaces stand tall and the heels run away.
That’s the show, folks.