WWE Raw Results (1/25/21): Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss II

WWE Raw
January 25, 2021
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Drew McIntyre, Goldberg, The Miz, and John Morrison Segment 

Drew McIntyre: It feels so good to be back here on Monday Night Raw, I can’t even tell you how good I feel right now. First of all, I want to say thank you to all the WWE Universe out there, thank you for your get well wishes. I seen them all on social media, it was absolutely incredible. The outpouring of support really meant the world to me. I said it before a couple weeks ago, I got so lucky with the symptoms of COVID, you know, it affected me, I had a little bit of fatigue, I lost my sense of smell, but in the grand scheme of things, I was so lucky. I was training everyday. I’m 100 percent now. I will be 100% this Sunday. This match this week, this is dedicated to everyone who’s dealing with this horrible virus right now, we’re gonna get through this thing, we’re gonna beat it.

Speaking of things that people are sick of, this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, it is Drew McIntyre vs. Goldberg For The WWE Championship. Now, I’d be absolutely out of my mind if I took Goldberg lightly at all. I’ve watched this man since I was a teenager. An anomaly. He came out of nowhere, in a system not exactly designed to succeed, Goldberg rose to the rope, running through opponent after opponent, 173-0 till he defeated Hulk Hogan for the championship. Well, he kept rolling from there. He ran through The Rock like it was nothing, every superstar like they were nothing, and then he just disappeared for years.

But the last thing to go in a heavyweight fighter is there power. Now, Goldberg return. He returned as the exact same animal he’s always been. He set a new streak, a whole new streak, he started. Every single champion he’s challenged since he has returned to WWE, time after time, he’s defeated them all, but this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, Drew McIntyre ends this current Goldberg streak. This Sunday at the Royal Rumble, Drew McIntyre remains WWE Champion. I’m a little bit antsy, I’m a little bit excited right now, I’m fired up, this is Monday Night Raw.

The Miz: You know, Drew, this Sunday is Royal Rumble, and your match with Goldberg is going to be one for the ages. It might very well be WWE’s version of King vs. Godzilla.

John Morrison: Two of the hardest hitting monsters of all time, fighting one another in a hellacious match.

Th Miz: But, when something so hellacious happens, there tends to be consequences.

John Morrison: And what might those be?

The Miz: Oh, well, I mean, at the very least, one of you if not both of you by the end of the match could end up injured. Oh, no.

John Morrison: Injured. Man, then what could happened?

The Miz: We don’t want to tell them our strategy. Okay. Hey, John, which ever superstar left standing by the end of that match will be a …

John Morrison: A sitting duck.

The Miz: Correct, and then.

John Morrison: We’re gonna hit the ring.

The Miz: Correct, and then.

John Morrison: We are going to beat the holy hell out of whoever is champion. CORRRRRECT!

The Miz: And then I am going to cash in, and all you’re gonna hear is something like this.

John Morrison: The Winner, And New WWE Champion, The Miz.

Goldberg: You. Me. Sunday. You’re next !

The Miz and Morrison tries to egg on McIntyre and Goldberg. That plan didn’t go well. Goldberg Spears Miz. McIntyre connects with The ClayMore. The segment concludes with a huge standoff with McIntyre and Goldberg.

First Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Shayna Baszler w/Nia Jax 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Charlotte applies a side headlock. Charlotte reverses out of the irish whip from Baszler. Charlotte blocks a boot from Baszler. Charlotte decks Baszler with a back elbow smash. Charlotte clotheslines Baszler off the middle rope. Charlotte with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Baszler applies The Kirifuda Clutch. Charlotte backs Baszler into the turnbuckles.

Following a snap mare takeover, Charlotte drops Baszler with The Big Boot. Charlotte applies The Figure Four Leg Lock. Jax connects with The Leg Drop which causes the disqualification. After the match, Baszler and Jax gangs up on Charlotte. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke storms into the ring to make the save. Lacey Evans joins the fray. A pier six brawl ensues. An impromptu 6-Man Tag Team Match will take place, next.

Winner: Charlotte Flair via Disqualification 

Second Match: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose, and Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Mandy Rose and Lacey Evans will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Evans tugs on Rose’s hair. Evans mocks Charlotte. Strong lockup. Wrist Lock Exchange. Rose applies a side headlock. Rose with a side headlock takeover. Evans answers with the headscissors neck lock. Rose grabs a side headlock. Evans whips Rose across the ring. Evans drops down on the canvas. Rose kicks Evans in the ribs. Rose grabs another side headlock. Rose tags in Brooke. Double Vertical Suplex for a two count. Brooke whips Evans across the ring. Brooke drops Evans with a shoulder tackle for a two count. Brooke whips Evans across the ring. Brooke with a Hip Toss. Brooke with a Cartwheel Boot for a one count. Charlotte and Baszler are tagged in. Charlotte blocks a kick from Baszler. Side Step Display. Baszler with heavy bodyshots. Baszler kicks the left hamstring of Charlotte. Charlotte dodges The Running Knee Strike. Charlotte unloads four knife edge chops. Charlotte with The Fallaway Slam. Charlotte pops back on her feet. Charlotte applies a front face lock. Simultaneous tag to Rose.

Double Cartwheel Boot for a one count. Rose tags in Brooke. Rose repeatedly stomps on Baszler’s chest. Brooke is lighting up Baszler’s chest. Brooke tags in Charlotte. Charlotte with clubbing blows to Baszler’s back. Baszler reverses out of the irish whip from Charlotte. Charlotte rocks Baszler with a forearm smash. Charlotte with a knee lift. Charlotte drags Baszler out of the ring. Charlotte is distracted by Jax and Evans. Baszler shoves Charlotte into the ring apron. Baszler wasn’t paying attention to the referee’s ten count, so she got counted out. Adam Pearce decided to restart the match during the commercial break. Jax starts throwing Brooke around the ring. Brooke kicks Jax in the face. Brooke kicks Jax in the gut. Brooke with forearm shivers. Brooke with a Headscissors Takeover. Brooke follows that with a Handspring Elbow Smash. Jax drops Brooke with a Body Block for a two count. Jax tags in Evans. Evans slams Brooke’s head on the canvas for a two count.

Evans repeatedly stomps on Brooke’s fingers. Evans puts her knee on the back of Brooke’s neck. Evans tags in Baszler. Baszler with heavy bodyshots. Following a snap mare takeover, Baszler kicks Brooke in the back for a two count. Baszler tags in Jax. Baszler stomps on the left elbow of Brooke. Jax applies The Cobra Clutch. Brooke with a forearm smash. Jax goes for a PowerBomb, but Brooke lands back on her feet. Jax goes for a Leg Drop, but Brooke ducks out of the way. Rose and Evans are tagged in. Rose blasts Baszler off the ring apron. Rose with Two Flying Clotheslines. Rose with The Flapjack. Rose drives Evans back first into the turnbuckles. Rose with forearm shivers. Rose hits The Pump Knee Strike for a two count. Charlotte Spears Baszler. Jax responds with a Body Block. Jax drags Evans to the corner. Evans tags in Jax. Charlotte runs after Evans. Rose tags in Brooke. Brooke sends Jax shoulder first into the steel ring post. Brooke with The SomerSault NeckBreaker for a two count. Jax throws Brooke off the top turnbuckle. Jax ChokeSlams Brooke. Jax connects with The Running Leg Drop to pickup the victory.

Winner: Lacey Evans, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax via Pinfall 

Third Match: Xavier Woods vs. Slapjack w/RETRIBUTION

Woods start things off with a ShotGun Dropkick. Woods unloads three knife edge chops. Woods with the irish whip. Woods with a Back Body Drop. Slapjack dumps Woods out of the ring. Woods with a forearm smash. Slapjack answers with a knee lift. Slapjack with The Rolling Elbow. Slapjack drops Woods with The Slingshot Bulldog for a two count. Slapjack applies the cravate. Slapjack is putting the boots to Woods. Slapjack goes for a Flying Double Foot Stomp, but Woods ducks out of the way. Woods is throwing haymakers at Slapjack. Woods is lighting up Slapjack’s chest. Slapjack reverses out of the irish whip from Woods.

Woods with a Tilt-A-Whirl Side Russian Leg Sweep. Woods ducks a clothesline from Slapjack. Woods drops Slapjack with a Leg Lariat. Short-Arm Reversal by Slapjack. Slapjack uppercuts Woods. Woods kicks Slapjack in the face. Woods delivers The Honor Roll for a two count. Woods is distracted by T-Bar. Slapjack goes for The Schoolboy, but Woods lands back on his feet. Woods connects with The Shining Wizard to pickup the victory. After the match, T-Bar attacks Woods from behind. T-Bar rolls Woods back into the ring. RETRIBUTION plants Woods with their Double SitOut Chokeslam. Ali brings a steel chair into the ring. Mustafa Ali tells Woods that he’s placing Kofi Kingston in the Royal Rumble Match.

Winner: Xavier Woods via Pinfall 

The VIP Lounge With Special Guest: R-Truth 

Fourth Match: John Morrison w/The Miz vs. Sheamus 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sheamus backs Morrison into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Morrison with a waist lock go-behind. Sheamus with a wrist lock takedown. Standing Switch Exchange. Morrison applies a rear chin lock. Morrison with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Sheamus with a single leg takedown for a one count. Sheamus applies a front face lock. Sheamus transitions into a hammerlock. Sheamus with a double wrist lock takedown. Sheamus transitions into a front face lock. Sheamus applies a side headlock. Morrison whips Sheamus across the ring. Sheamus drops Morrison with a shoulder tackle. Morrison drops down on the canvas. Morrison ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Morrison with The O’Connor Roll for a two count. Morrison goes for a Running Knee Strike, but Sheamus rolls him over for a two count. Sheamus applies a key lock. Morrison backs Sheamus into the turnbuckles. Morrison with forearm shivers. Morrison decks Sheamus with a back elbow smash.

Morrison kicks Sheamus in the chest. Sheamus reverses out of the irish whip from Morrison. Morrison kicks Sheamus in the chest. Sheamus with a Back Body Drop. Sheamus is putting the boots to Morrison. Sheamus uppercuts Morrison. Sheamus delivers a gut punch. Sheamus applies an arm-bar. Morrison applies a wrist lock. Morrison with Two Mid-Kicks. Morrison transitions into a ground and pound attack. Morrison continues to kick Sheamus. Sheamus reverses out of the irish whip from Morrison. Sheamus with a running axe handle strike. Sheamus is throwing haymakers at Morrison. Sheamus hits The Irish Curse BackBreaker for a two count. Sheamus is distracted by Miz. Sheamus with a straight right hand. Morrison dropkicks Sheamus in mid-air. Morrison with a sharp knee strike. Morrison wraps the left leg of Sheamus around the middle rope.

Morrison kicks Sheamus off the ring apron. Morrison kicks the left hamstring of Sheamus. Morrison rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Morrison with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip for a one count. Morrison applies a leg lock. Morrison is raining down haymakers. Morrison applies The Knee Bar. Sheamus with two haymakers. Morrison applies a shin lock. Sheamus with clubbing elbow smashes. Sheamus repeatedly stomps on Morrison’s chest. Sheamus with a double sledge. Sheamus with a corner clothesline. Sheamus follows that with a Big Biel Throw. Morrison fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Morrison delivers the chop block. Sheamus catches Morrison in mid-air. Sheamus drops Morrison with The Uranage Slam for a two count. Sheamus stomps on the midsection of Morrison. Sheamus applies The Texas Cloverleaf. Morrison grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Morrison slams Sheamus head on the top rope. Sheamus with a Pump Knee Strike. Sheamus connects with The White Noise to pickup the victory. After the match, Miz challenges Sheamus to a Handicap Match. Sheamus accepts.

Winner: Sheamus via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: The Miz & John Morrison vs. Sheamus In A Two On One Handicap Match 

It’s a tornado style handicap match. Miz and Morrison immediately gangs up on Sheamus. Sheamus is throwing haymakers at Miz. Morrison applies The Sleeper Hold. Sheamus dumps Morrison over the top rope. Miz with southpaw haymakers. Sheamus decks Miz with a back elbow smash. Sheamus goes for The Rolling Senton, but Morrison counters with a chop block. Miz hits The Implant DDT for a two count. Morrison kicks Sheamus in the chest. Miz repeatedly stomps on Sheamus chest. Double Snap Mare TakeOver. Miz with a Running Boot. Morrison with a Running Knee Strike. Morrison follows that with The Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Sheamus is displaying his fighting spirit. Miz continues to stomp on Sheamus chest.

Miz is choking Sheamus with his boot. Sheamus with desperation haymakers. Morrison kicks Sheamus in the back. Morrison clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope. Miz with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Morrison with a Leaping Plancha. Miz and Morrison throws Sheamus into the ringside barricade. Morrison with a Spinning Back Kick. Miz with a Running Boot. Miz rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Miz with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Sheamus delivers a gut punch. Morrison is mauling Sheamus in the corner. Miz repeatedly stomps on Sheamus chest. Morrison is choking Sheamus with his knee. Miz fish hooks Sheamus.

IT Kicks/Forearm Combination. Sheamus sends Morrison crashing to the outside. Sheamus with a Running Lariat. Sheamus with two running axe handle strikes. Sheamus Powerslams Morrison. Sheamus with The Rolling Senton on top of Morrison. Ten Beats Of The Bodhran. Sheamus shoves Morrison off the ring apron. Sheamus with a Flying Double Clothesline to the outside. Sheamus rolls Miz back into the ring. Sheamus prepares for The Brogue Kick. Morrison trips Sheamus from the outside. Miz attacks Sheamus from behind. Sheamus negates The Skull Crushing Finale. Sheamus avoids The SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Sheamus connects with The Brogue Kick. Miz plants Sheamus with The Skull Crushing Finale to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Miz & John Morrison via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: AJ Styles w/Omos vs. R-Truth 

Styles drops Truth with The Big Boot. Styles stomps on Truth’s back. Styles slams Truth’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles whips Truth into the turnbuckles. Styles talks smack to Truth. Haymaker Exchange. Styles kicks the left knee of Truth. Styles hammers down on the left knee of Truth. Styles with a knee lift. Truth with a straight right hand. Styles answers with The Pendulum BackBreaker.

Truth launches Styles over the top rope. Styles regroups on the outside. Styles with a drop toe hold. Truth backs away from Omos. Styles argues with the referee. Truth sends Styles to the ring apron. Trtuth avoids The Phenomenal Forearm. Truth hits The Spinning Side Slam. Truth connects with The Five Knuckle Shuffle. Styles avoids The Scissors Kick. Truth goes for The Attitude Adjustment, but Styles counters with The Calf Crusher. Truth immediately taps out.

Winner: AJ Styles via Submission 

Alexa’s Playground 

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grown with silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row? Last week was so much fun. Did you see what Randy’s face looked like after what we did? Exactly, I think he looks better too. For the record, I just wanted to have some fun with Asuka and my playground. But she did not want to play nice. But neither did I. Did you like my trick? He taught it to me. He taught me a lot of things actually. I can’t wait to see him again. So I can thank him. I know, I know, you’re right. But tonight, I have the opportunity to win a shiny new toy. And just like last week, I don’t feel like playing nice. Ring-around a rosies,
a pocket full of posies, ashes-ashes, they all fall down. Let me in.

Seventh Match: Matt Riddle vs. The Hurt Business In A Gauntlet Match. If Matt Riddle Wins, He’ll Earn A Future United States Championship Match 

SHELTON BENJAMIN 

Benjamin dodges The Pump Knee Strike. Riddle unloads a flurry of strikes. Riddle with Two Mid-Kicks. Riddle with forearm shivers. Benjamin applies a waist lock. Riddle with two sharp elbow strikes. Benjamin goes for a Release German Suplex, but Riddle lands back on his feet. Riddle ducks a clothesline from Benjamin. Riddle with an Overhead Kick. Benjamin avoids The PK. Benjamin denies The Final Flash Knee Strike. Benjamin hits The SpineBuster for a two count. Benjamin puts Riddle on the top turnbuckle. Benjamin with clubbing blows to Riddle’s back. Benjamin drives his knee into Riddle’s ribs. Benjamin pulls Riddle back into the ring. Benjamin with a knee lift. Benjamin bodyslams Riddle for a two count. Benjamin applies the sitting abdominal stretch.

Riddle decks Benjamin with a back elbow smash. Benjamin drops Riddle with a running knee lift for a two count. Benjamin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Benjamin kicks Riddle in the ribs. Benjamin goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Riddle blocks it. Benjamin with Two Knee Strikes for a two count. MVP tells Benjamin to stop playing around with Riddle. Benjamin applies The Sleeper Hold. Benjamin with a waist lock go-behind. Riddle transitions into a guillotine choke. Riddle negates The BrainBuster. Riddle is distracted by Alexander. Standing Switch Exchange. Rollup Exchange. Benjamin had Riddle pinned, but the referee was continuing to argue with Alexander. Benjamin with a straight right hand. Benjamin yells at Alexander. MVP tells Alexander to do nothing. Riddle rolls Benjamin over to pickup the victory. Shelton Benjamin has been eliminated.

MVP 

MVP is trying to play peacemaker with Alexander and Benjamin. Riddle makes Benjamin tap out to The Heel Hook. MVP has been eliminated.

CEDRIC ALEXANDER

Alexander has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Alexander drives his knee into the midsection of Riddle. Alexander with a snap mare takeover for a two count. Forearm Exchange. Alexander with a running knee lift. Alexander with The GutBuster for a two count. Alexander puts his knee on Riddle’s back. Alexander applies an arm-bar. Alexander toys around with Riddle. Riddle blasts Alexander with a knife edge chop. Riddle with forearm shivers. Riddle with rapid fire mid-kicks. Riddle follows that with a flying forearm smash. Alexander dropkicks Riddle for a two count. MVP tells Alexander to focus on the task at hand. Alexander applies the abdominal stretch. Riddle grabs the middle rope which forces the break. Alexander is choking Riddle with his knee. Alexander with the lateral press for a two count. Alexander hooks the outside leg for a two count. Alexander applies a waist lock. Riddle with clubbing elbow strikes. Riddle goes for The BRO To Sleeper, but Alexander counters with The DDT for a two count.

MVP critiques Alexander’s pinning technique. Alexander applies a rear chin lock. Riddle with heavy bodyshots. Riddle delivers his combination offense. Riddle with an Overhead Kick. Riddle with Two Running Forearm Smashes. Riddle follows that with The Exploder Suplex. Alexander dodges The PK. Alexander avoids The Standing MoonSault. Riddle goes for The BROTon, but Alexander gets his knees up in the air. Alexander and Riddle are trading back and forth shots. Alexander with a Spinning Back Kick. Riddle responds with a Release German Suplex. Alexander drills Riddle with The BrainBuster for a two count. MVP is pissed. Alexander is raining down haymakers. Alexander repeatedly stomps on Riddle’s face. Alexander dives over Riddle. Riddle applies The Triangle Choke. Alexander PowerBombs Riddle. Riddle goes back to the Triangle Choke. Alexander avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Riddle rolls Alexander over to pickup the victory. After the match, Bobby Lashley attacks Riddle from behind. Lashley applies The Hurt Lock. Lashley throws Riddle into the ringside barricade.

Winner: Matt Riddle via Pinfall 

Edge Promo 

Updated Royal Rumble 2021 Match Card

1.) The 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match (Edge, Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis Dozovic, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali)

2.) The 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, Bianca BelAir, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Shayna Baszler, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Tamina)

3.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg For The WWE Championship

4.) Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Kevin Owens In A Last Man Standing Match For The WWE Universal Championship

5.) Sasha Banks (c) vs. Carmella w/Reginald Thomas For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

6.) Charlotte Flair & Asuka (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

Eight Match: Asuka (c) vs. Alexa Bliss For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship 

Bliss is playing mind games with Asuka. Bliss with a waist lock go-behind. Asuka decks Bliss with a back elbow smash. Asuka thrust kicks the midsection of Bliss. Asuka slings Bliss around the ring. Asuka repeatedly stomps on Bliss chest. Asuka applies an arm-bar. Bliss with a knee lift. Bliss punches Asuka in the back. Bliss with the irish whip. Asuka delivers The Missile Dropkick. Bliss avoids The Running Hip Attack. Bliss drops Asuka with a Mid-Kick. Asuka regroups on the outside. Bliss starts riding a rocking horse. Asuka repeatedly stomps on Bliss chest. The referee admonishes Asuka. Bliss reverses out of the irish whip from Asuka. Bliss with a back elbow smash. Bliss dodges The Missile Dropkick. Bliss with The Insult To Injury for a two count. Bliss tugs on Asuka’s hair. Bliss slams Asuka’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bliss repeatedly stomps on Asuka’s chest.

Bliss is choking Asuka with her boot. Following a snap mare takeover, Bliss applies a rear chin lock. Asuka with elbows into the midsection of Bliss. Bliss pulls Asuka down to the mat for a two count. Bliss goes back to the rear chin lock. Asuka drops Bliss with The RoundHouse Kick. Bliss is pissed. Asuka and Bliss starts running the ropes. Asuka with a shoulder tackle. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Lift. Asuka follows that with The Corner Hip Attack. Asuka thrust kicks the midsection of Bliss. Asuka hits The Release German Suplex. Asuka connects with The Shining Wizard for a two count. Asuka brings Bliss to the corner. Asuka continues to stomp on Bliss chest. Bliss transitions into multiple outfits to catch Asuka off guard. Bliss starts blocking everything Asuka throws at her. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Lift. Bliss negates The Asuka Lock. Bliss applies The Mandible Claw. Randy Orton plants Bliss with The RKO to close the show.

Match Result: No-Contest, But Still WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka 

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Author: Josh Lopez