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Posted on 1/24/123 by Bob Magee



Show Recap --

Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart entered to start the show. Hogan
spoke about the success of Raw (glossing over the part where
he was very much with the competition) and he did his
catchphrase.

Hogan’s microphone cut in and out as he spoke which drew
some boos from the Philadelphia crowd. In fact, a stagehand
literally ran out in the middle of his promo and handed him
a new mic. Hogan plowed through it and put over the
Philadelphia Eagles which got a big pop.


There was a long Raw intro featuring moments from the show’s
history. (It included big moments from guys who are not
currently with the company like Chris Jericho and Bryan
Danielson.)

********

Tribal Court of Sami Zayn

Roman Reigns’ music hit which got a huge pop and the
Bloodline was showered with “Sami” chants once they hit the
ring. Zayn looked rather morose.

Paul Heyman received “ECW” chants which he acknowledged.
However, he told Reigns, “ECW is dead — and I wish the same
for Sami Zayn.” The crowd booed and chanted for Sami.


Heyman called Zayn a Judas and a betrayer who has conspired
with Kevin Owens since day one. Zayn has been leading them
on to feel like the fans of the Eagles who were about to get
conquered by Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers. (He
said Brock Purdy’s name like he was Brock Lesnar, which was
great.)

Heyman presented several clips as evidence against Zayn:
August 12 when Zayn bailed after the Usos got attacked by
Drew McIntyre; August 29 when Zayn didn’t help Jey Uso
during his match against Owens, which Owens won; November 26
when Zayn celebrated alone atop the cage at War Games
(instead of celebrating with the Bloodline); and December 23
when Zayn accidentally hit Reigns in the shoulder.


Heyman wondered if Zayn was planning an assassination of
Reigns so he could become head of the table. Heyman said the
court should find Zayn guilty.

Zayn said he had a whole defence lined up but he admitted it
hurt hearing Heyman say all of those things after everything
they’ve been through. Zayn was offended that he would be put
on trial to defend himself. He emphasized how much it hurt
and said, “my defence is I have no defence.” He tossed the
mic and sat down.


Reigns was infuriated that Zayn had so much ego he wouldn’t
even defend himself after letting him into his family.
Reigns called upon Solo Sikoa.

Sikoa stood behind Zayn and was about to give him the Samoan
Spike (and Zayn was not defending himself) but Jey Uso
stopped him.

Jey presented his own clips as evidence going back to August
of Zayn helping the Bloodline and sacrificing himself many
times. Zayn appeared emotional seeing the footage and the
crowd cheered.


Jey said Zayn has taken so many bullets for the Bloodline
that he might as well be bulletproof and Zayn never gave up
on him because that’s what family did. Jey asked everyone to
put their ‘ones’ in the sky if they wanted Sami to stay in
the Bloodline. The fans all put their fingers up and Jimmy
Uso did as well. (Sikoa didn’t.)

Reigns determined that Zayn was not guilty — for now. Reigns
wanted Zayn to thank Jey for buying him time. Reigns
suggested that Zayn make them proud tonight and he didn’t
want to see him again until the Royal Rumble on Sunday where
he would face his final test to determine whether he was
with the Bloodline or not.


Sami hugged Jimmy and Jey as the others left the ring.

(It was 8:30 pm when this segment ended.)

********

The Usos defeated Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio (w/Rhea
Ripley & Finn Bálor) to retain the Rag Tag Team
Championships (14:06)

Zayn replaced an injured Jimmy during the match and won it
with Jey.

Priest wiped out both Usos with a flip dive and hit Jimmy
with a lariat for a two count. Dominik tagged in and they
did a Doomsday Device for two. Jey tagged and the Usos
handed out superkicks which led to a two count on Priest.
Bálor dropped Jey on the top turnbuckle so the referee
tossed him.


Priest countered a splash into a cradle for a nearfall. Jey
superkicked Priest and Jimmy followed with a splash for a
very close nearfall.

Jimmy hit a suicide dive but he came up injured. The ref
held up the “X” and officials ran down to assist. Adam
Pearce said if Jimmy can’t continue, they must forfeit the
match and the titles to Judgment Day. (Priest was already
asking for the belts.)

Zayn stepped in and said he would take Jey’s place. Pearce
agreed because he did the same for Judgment Day in the
gauntlet match. The crowd cheered as the match continued.


Zayn took out Judgment Day with a dive but was distracted by
Priest allowing Dom to apply a schoolboy with his feet on
the rope for a nearfall.

Ripley distracted the ref allowing Priest to chokeslam Zayn
and Dom made the cover for an extremely close nearfall.

Jey popped back in and handed out superkicks but stopped
short of superkicking Ripley. The distraction allowed Dom to
shove Jey and hit a 619. Dom followed with a frog splash but
Zayn broke up the cover.


Zayn made a blind tag before Jey superkicked Dom. Jey and
Zayn gave Dom the 1D and Zayn made the cover for the pinfall
win. The Usos are still the tag champs.

This was really well done and the crowd was super into Zayn.

— In the back, a serious Reigns was glad Zayn did the right
thing but he still didn’t want to see him until Saturday.

********


JBL and Baron Corbin ran into the Godfather backstage.
Godfather was happy to see JBL but he didn’t know who his
stooge Barry Corbin was. JBL wanted into their establishment
— APA Protection — but Godfather had to check with the
owner, Ron Simmons. Simmons agreed to let them in after
Corbin handed him wads of cash. They walked through a door
that wasn’t connected to anything (which was a funny sight
gag) and entered the poker game.

They showed pictures from Raw through the years.


********

Undertaker appearance

LA Knight was in the ring and he called Bray Wyatt a grown
man incel who played with puppets. Knight said Wyatt was
living off his past just like the legends in the back and he
called out any of them to get a piece of him.

The lights went down and Undertaker’s music hit. The music
cut to his Kid Rock American Badass theme and Taker entered
on a motorcycle.


Knight, who left the ring, said he heard Taker on Joe
Rogan’s podcast calling the locker room soft. Knight agreed
with Taker but informed him that he was not one of those
guys. Knight threatened to take Undertaker to the Undertaker
but decided to let him off the hook.

Knight was about to leave but the lights went down again.
Wyatt appeared and Knight backed into the ring. Taker
grabbed him for a chokeslam but instead shoved him into
Wyatt who hit Sister Abigail.


Taker and Wyatt faced off as the crowd chanted “holy shit.”
Taker whispered something to Wyatt before leaving on his
bike.

********

DDP won a poker hand at a table with Alundra Blayze, Corbin,
Chad Gable and Otis.

[SECOND HOUR]

The first hour was commercial-free. Bayley entered with
Damage CTRL after 9:00 pm and they went to break for the
first time. They came back with…


Steel Cage Match: Becky Lynch vs. Bayley (w/Tag Team
Champions Dakota Kai & IYO SKY)

The match didn’t happen. Damage CTRL attacked Lynch outside
the ring before she could enter the cage. They chucked Lynch
into the ring, locked the cage and beat her up until Pearce
ran down with officials. Pearce eventually cut the lock but
the damage was done. Bayley and her buddies posed on top of
the cage before leaving.

********

D-Generation X/Kurt Angle segment

Triple H, Shawn Michaels, X-Pac and Road Dogg entered to the
DX theme. Kurt Angle entered with them.


Road Dogg was about to do their usual spiel but when it came
time to introduce “the badass Billy Gunn” he instead pointed
to Kurt Angle. They acted surprised to see him. Angle said
he always wanted to be in DX and the crowd laughed. Angle
removed his shirt to reveal a DX shirt.

Triple H took over the promo but was interrupted by
Imperium. Intercontinental Champion Gunther entered with
Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci.


Kaiser said, “shame on all of you for all that filth and
nonsense.” Gunther called them degenerates for insulting
their precious sport. Gunther wanted them out of their ring
unless one of them wanted to do something about it.

Triple H got in Gunther’s face but quickly backed down and
said, “I’m retired, dude.” They looked to Michaels who
backed down because he was too old. X-Pac and Road Dogg also
backed down quickly. DX huddled up and came to the
conclusion that Angle would fight them but Angle instantly
shot that down.


Seth Rollins entered. X-Pac noted that Rollins was alone so
that brought out the Street Profits.

They all looked at Triple H to make a match but he wasn’t
sure what to do and said, “this booking stuff isn’t easy.”
That brought out Teddy Long who got a nice reaction. Long
made a six-man tag team match.

DX huddled again because they wanted to determine who should
be the special referee. Angle interrupted them. Angle had a
third shirt on under his DX shirt — a referee shirt.
Michaels made it official.


This went long but the crowd seemed to enjoy it.

********

Jerry Lawler joined commentary wearing the same jacket he
wore on the first Raw. He pretended not to know who Kevin
Patrick was and made fun of his accent.

Six-man tag team match: Seth Rollins & The Street Profits
defeated Intercontinental Champion Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser &
Giovanni Vinci [Special Referee: Kurt Angle] (13:03)

Montez Ford made a hot tag following a break and chopped the
hell out of Vinci. Ford and Angelo Dawkins put Vinci and
Kaiser in ankle locks to the delight of Angle. Gunther
booted them and got in Angle’s face so Angle shoved him.


Dawkins and Ford hit dives but Gunter cut off Rollins before
he could do the same and hit a powerbomb for two. Rollins
came back with strikes and an Angle Slam. Rollins worked
together with the Street Profits who gave Kaiser a big
double-team blockbuster. Rollins also gave Gunther a
Pedigree.

Dawkins gave Vinci a spinebuster, Ford hit a frog splash and
Rollins hit a curb stomp for the pinfall win.

The good guys celebrated with Angle.


********

Corbin won a huge pot over Ted DiBiase with four aces. IRS
showed up and told him to pay his taxes. IRS took all but
$100 and DiBiase laughed. Ron Simmons said Damn.

********

Cathy Kelley asked Bobby Lashley why tonight’s match was now
no-DQ. Lashley said there would be no excuses. Austin Theory
can’t escape and Lashley can’t be blamed for what he does.
The only reason he wasn’t still the champion was because of
Brock Lesnar. He planned on tearing Theory apart.


MVP jumped in and said he had no doubt Lashley would win and
they could go out and celebrate. Lashley said he didn’t need
help from MVP or Omos last week and wanted to handle
business on his own.

********

[THIRD HOUR]

Charlotte Flair/Bianca Belair segment

Ric Flair entered. Ric said WWE has given him so much —
including allowing him to see his daughter exceed all of his
accomplishments. Ric introduced the greatest women’s
champion in WWE history: Charlotte Flair.


Charlotte entered. She said Raw was where the women’s
revolution began and turned her from a diva to the 14-time
women’s champion. Charlotte mentioned beating the likes of
Ronda Rousey, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Asuka and Rhea Ripley
— all of whom helped her become who she was today. She might
be on Smackdown now but Raw would always be her home.

Bianca Belair entered. Belair said Raw was her home and she
did everything she could to make it the greatest show on
television.


Sonya Deville interrupted. She asked Charlotte if it was
necessary to fly daddy all the way there just to introduce
her on a show that people don’t even want her on. She also
wondered if Belair actually thought people watched the show
for her. Deville wanted credit for being Raw GM for over a
year.

Charlotte had enough of Deville and said Belair was free to
handle her. Belair challenged her to a match.


********

Non-title match: Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair defeated
Sonya Deville (8:25)

This went through a break. The crowd was silent despite
Belair doing what she could to get the crowd into it. She
abruptly hit the KOD a minute or two after the break for the
pinfall win.

— After the match, Belair said she would beat Alexa Bliss at
the Rumble and didn’t care if Bliss brought Uncle Howdy,
Bray Wyatt or the funhouse playhouse.

Bliss appeared on the screen. Bliss warned Belair that she
was the only thing Belair should be worried about. Bliss
said she would leave Belair with her eyes at least so she
could watch her walk out as champion.

********

There was a new Cody Rhodes video and it was very good. He
was carrying everything into the ring at the Rumble, not
just his most recent setback.

“Being in the ring is like oxygen and I really need to
breathe again.”

********

The Miz was in the ring ahead of the main event. He was
pissed he didn’t get a Miz TV segment or a title match. He
ranted until Kevin Owens appeared through the crowd and
dropped him with a stunner.

Owens said Reigns has held the WWE title hostage for over
two years. Owens gave his word that he would do everything
he could to change that and give everyone a champion they
could be proud of. Owens would keep fighting until he had
nothing left or he would die trying.

Owens gave Miz another stunner.

*******

They ran down the Royal Rumble card.

30-Man Royal Rumble match
30-Woman Royal Rumble match
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens - WWE Championship
Bianca Belair vs. Alexa Bliss - Raw Women’s Championship
Pitch Black match: Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight
********

(I didn’t mention it earlier but Alicia Taylor did the ring
announcing tonight.)

No DQ match: Austin Theory defeated Bobby Lashley to retain
the United States Championship (14:20)

Even though the only thing that’s happened since the last
break was Lashley’s entrance, they went to break 69 seconds
into the match.

Lashley was in control before the break but Theory raked
Lashley's eye during a delayed vertical suplex attempt to
take over.

The crowd was quiet and only barely cheered when Theory
grabbed a table.

Lashley drove Theory into a steel chair that was wedged
between the ropes, which sounded great, but Theory regained
the edge by spraying Lashley in the face with a fire
extinguisher ahead of another break with six minutes left in
the show.

They came back with just about two minutes left as Lashley
gave Theory a superplex.

Lashley hit a modified Dominator but Theory gave him a low
blow as he set up for a Hurt Lock. Lashley slammed him
through a table anyway.

With both men down, Brock Lesnar entered (in jeans and a
cowboy hat) to wake up the crowd.

Lesnar gave Lashley an F5. He also gave Theory an F5 right
on top of Lashley. Of course, that meant Theory was covering
Lashley and the ref made the three count. Theory pinned
Lashley to retain.

The crowd seemed to fall silent and the show ended.

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