WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 1, 2024) from the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Royal Rumble event scheduled for later this month in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Advertised for tonight: Seth Rollins puts the world heavyweight championship on the line against Drew McIntyre, Ivy Nile gets her shot at Rhea Ripley and the women’s world championship, Becky Lynch vs. Nia Jax is finally happening, Tegan Nox & Natalya battle Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark to find the next top contenders to the women’s tag team titles, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 1
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The show opens with the intro video.
Becky Lynch vs. Nia Jax
Lynch trying for the Manhandle Slam early, Jax shrugs her off, catches a crossbody, fireman’s carry, Becky slips out and lands an enzuigiri! Off the ropes, scoop and a slam, elbow drop follows! Nia choking her in the ropes, Lynch with a few strikes, back and forth, she rolls out from under a leg drop and hits a running blockbuster for a nearfall!
Fighting in the corner, Lynch hits a Diamond Dust, running dropkick in the corner, back body drop to the apron, missile dropkick for a another nearfall as we go to break!
Back from commercial, countout nearfall, Lynch off the top with a leg drop... SO CLOSE! Dis-Arm-Her applied in the middle of the ring, nowhere for Jax to go but she rolls her around into a pin to counter! Shifting to a cross armbar, Becky maintains control but Nia posts to her feet and counters with a powerbomb!
Jax drags her into the corner, up top, Lynch cuts her off and climbs up with her, jockeying for position... NIA JAX AVALANCHE SAMOAN DROP FOR TWO! Nia with a hard right hand knocking Lynch out, off the second...
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with the Banzai Drop.
We get a recap of Cody Rhodes and Shinsuke Nakamura fighting two weeks ago and we go to break.
Back from commercial, “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring and on the mic and says it’s his distinction to be the first Superstar to come to the ring tonight and welcome us to Day 1. It’s a new year and folks like to talk about goals and where they’d like to be in 2024, but admittedly he’s a little stuck.
And what he got stuck on is Shinsuke Nakamura. He’s not stuck on Shinsuke because of what he said about his family or the poison mist, he’s stuck on him because this should be over.
Nakamura appears on the tron and says he didn’t think it’d be so easy to get into his head and become the author of his final chapter. He’s whispered the plot in his ear, pushed his character to the brink, and blinded him so he can’t see the ending, but his story doesn’t end tonight.
He’s giving Cody one more week to dream before he becomes what Rhodes can’t, and finishes his story and closes the book. He spits mist down the barrel of the camera to punctuate his point.
We get a recap of Kofi Kingston and Jey Uso’s struggles against Imperium.
They make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary promises us CM Punk’s return next week.
Imperium (Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser) vs. “Main Event” Jey Uso & Kofi Kingston
Imperium get Kingston isolated early, pounding him in the corner, Kofi gets a dropkick on Kaiser, off the ropes, Vinci trips him up and stops the rally cold! Ludwig puts him into the turnbuckles, and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kofi still on the back foot in a bad way, he gets one over on Vinci, partners hot for the tag, the doctor slides into the ring and referee Shaun Bennett calls it?
Jey Uso & Kofi Kingston win by referee stoppage after Giovanni Vinci is hurt somehow.
Post-match, Uso and Kingston are confused but get their hands raised as medics help Vinci out, clutching his head but walking under his own power, more or less.
We get a video package recapping the WWE Live Holiday Tour, including Shotzi Blackheart wrestling in her wedding dress and the Madison Square Garden show breaking gate records.
The Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for Ivy Nile vs. Rhea Ripley.
We see Ivy working out backstage while Alpha Academy and Diamond Mine cheer her on.
Miz is in the ring to welcome us to MizTV and introduce his guests tonight, Judgment Day.
R-Truth makes his entrance, because of course he does.
Miz asks where the rest of Judgment Day is and Truth swears they were right behind him, because of course he does.
He says he has many roles in Judgment Day, today it’s PR, last week it was administrative, and now he’s trying to make Judgment Day likeable to everybody.
Enter JD McDonagh and Dominik Mysterio.
They say Truth is full of crap, in so many words, and Judgment Day would never deign to be on MizTV.
Miz points out that JD McDonagh lost that “loser leaves Judgment Day” match and shouldn’t even be here. Dominik tries to give Miz crap for his losing record in 2023 but the crowd boos him down unmerciful. Miz points out Mysterio’s own losses, including the holiday tour house shows to CM Punk, which is interesting.
Dom challenges Miz and Truth to a tag team match right here and right now, and I never in my life thought I’d see an Awesome Truth reunion but here we are.
Truth is confused as to who he’s tagging with and accepts that it’s a relevos atomicos and gives Dom a big wink and promises to follow his lead. Truth clotheslines McDonagh to the floor and we go to break!
Awesome Truth (R-Truth & the Miz) vs. Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh)
Back from commercial, the match is joined in progress.
Miz is ready for a quick tag but Truth is in the wrong corner and Judgment Day take advantage of it! Anyway eventually Ron makes the tag and takes it to McDonagh, off the ropes, corkscrew forearm connects! Judgment Day get back into it and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Miz with a diving crossbody on McDonagh for two! Truth shoves JD into it...
Awesome Truth win by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale from the Miz on JD McDonagh.
We get a video package of Kayden Carter and Katana Chance out clubbing when Piper Niven and Chelsea Green roll up on them to try and get a title shot, a thing the champs are willing to oblige but they’re focused on partying.
Ivy Nile makes her entrance to send us to break.
Ivy Nile vs. Rhea Ripley (c) (WWE Women’s World Championship)
Collar and elbow, struggling around the ring, Nile with a crossbody and a lateral press for a nearfall! Ripley cuts her off, Ivy with a hip toss that sends her to the floor and us to break!
Back from commercial, Rhea has a grounded Cobra Twist in, Ivy fights out but gets dropkicked to the floor! Back inside, Ripley with a missile dropkick, cover for two! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Ivy pulls her face-first into the turnbuckles and follows it up with a German superplex... SO CLOSE!
Diving crossbody, Rhea cuts her out of midair with a headbutt! Knee lift, pumphandle...
Rhea Ripley wins by pinfall with Riptide, retaining the WWE Women’s World Championship.
Commentary hypes up Triple H talking about a former WWE Champion being on the show tonight and we go to break.
Back from commercial, our former WWE Champion returns...
It’s Jinder Mahal.
He gets on the mic and gets angry at people for being disappointed at his return and claims that he’s not just a past WWE Champion, but a future champion. There have only been fifty champions and his name is at the top of that list, he claims.
The only thing that’s disappointing is what’s become of the once-great United States of America. We’re divided and a joke and he’ll unify us, and if you don’t believe him, just shut your mouth and listen. He speaks Punjabi and explains it’s the national anthem and mocks the crowd for not getting it.
He goes into the “you boo me because I look and speak different” and says he’s not the Iron Sheik but he speaks with class and speaks the truth and speaks in Punjabi again, preemptively explaining that he’s telling us what the world thinks of him.
Enter the Rock, because sure why not?
Dwayne gets in the ring and on the mic and tells Jinder he’s in trouble tonight.
But he’s right about one thing, he’s not the Iron Sheik (rest in peace, Sheiky) because the Rock knew and loved the Iron Sheik and if he were here right now he’d say “Rock bubba who is this no good son of a bitch jabroni bastard?”
Mahal says of course the People’s Champion appears when the WWE Universe is being insulted, the champion of all us jingoistic people, and if he were Dwayne he’d be ashamed of himself, representing these people. The Rock says he’s not ashamed, he’s actually damn proud to be the People’s Champion.
And the Rock is damn proud to be an American and he’s even prouder do the “finally...!” bit here in San Diego. Rocky says the truth is they don’t boo Jinder for how he looks, talks, or because he speaks Punjabi, it’s because he’s the biggest asshole walking god’s green earth.
He comes out here and has the gall to say America is a joke, but it ain’t a joke to the Rock or to these people, or to the Americans watching at home (ah c’mon Rocky it kinda sucks, there are whole states where it’s not safe for me or my wife or my girlfriend to travel to right now) and does a whole “free speech lets you talk this trash” bit.
Rocky says he’s not the Modern-Day Maharaja anymore, but rather from here on out, he’s the Day 1 Douchebag. Rocky carries on and leads a split “Day 1” / “Douchebag” chant. He’s got one more gift, since Jinder loves the national anthem so much, he’s gonna sing a verse for him.
Rock sings a version of the anthem about how Jinder is jacked as hell but his balls aren’t there and he’s got no choice but to whoop his candy ass.
Mahal attacks first, putting boots to Dwayne in the corner, right hands and kicks, Rocky comes back with the big right hands, arm wringer into a spinebuster, he’s fired up, People’s Elbow!
Rocky tells San Diego he loves them and wishes them a happy new year and says he’s going to go out and find something to eat and asks if he should sit at a booth or at the bar or at the head of the table?
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Natalya & Tegan Nox vs. Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark
Natalya and Zoey to start, Nox with a quick tag and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Tegan lighting Shayna up, cutting Zoey off as well, we see Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell watching backstage. Nox off the top with a somersault senton... SO CLOSE! Baszler sets her up with a German suplex...
Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark win by pinfall with Z360 from Stark on Tegan Nox.
We get a video package for our WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event tonight.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial commentary hypes up next week’s shows.
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins (c) (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
McIntyre running hot, to the floor, thinking inverted Alabama Slam but Rollins slips away and blasts him with a dropkick! Overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the floor and we go to break with Drew in control!
Back from commercial, Drew in control, whip reversed, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two! Up in the turnbuckles, Rollins slips over, powerbomb denied when his back gives out! Seth shifts gears, Frankensteiner, passing McIntyre into the turnbuckles shoulder-first!
Off the ropes, big tope con giro takes Drew off his feet! Back inside, float over a suplex, off the ropes, champion with a tilt-a-whirl DDT and he climbs the turnbuckles, frog splash... SO CLOSE! Quebrada, land on his feet, McIntyre with a right hand from the apron and up top, Seth pops up with him... SUPERPLEX ROLLED THROUGH BUT DREW REVERSES AND HITS HIS OWN FALCON ARROW TO SEND US TO BREAK!’
Back from commercial, White Noise off the second gets Drew a nearfall! Rollins fighting back into it, Blackout reversed into Future Shock, both men are down and out! McIntyre kips up, Claymore countered into a Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE!
Judgment Day come to ringside ready to cash in, Rollins distracted, Drew takes advantage of a briefcase shot to the face, Claymore... SETH GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES! To the floor, putting McIntyre through the table, back inside...
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall, retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
That’s the show, folks.