1/7/19 WWE Raw Recap (Remembering “Mean” Gene Okerlund)

Jan 7, 2019 - by Achal Mohindra

Raw Results – January 7, 2019

Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a graphic in memory of WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund, who passed away at the age of 76 last Wednesday.

Raw kicks of with superstars on the stage along with referees, breaking up a brawl between Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins brawling and being separated by superstars.

Music of John Cena hits and out he comes, John says welcome to Monday Night Raw and welcome to the road to WrestleMania and that is why Seth is fighting for his life, WrestleMania is when you step up or get knocked out, I am gonna be damned if he can’t participate, I aim to grab that ticket by participating in the match and that is the Royal Rumble Match, I plan to earn my ticket, I officially enter myself into the match. Music of Drew McIntyre hits, Drew says he has waited for this moment for years, don’t care who you share your bed with, the stupid haircut, I do not give a damn, I care about your 16 championships, Mr McMahon calling you the greatest of all time, I agreed with him and you are the greatest of all time, I have the reputation of taking out the greats, I dismantled the Shield, check with Dolph Ziggler, destroyed him in a cage last week, Kurt Angle I beat and made him tap out to his own ankle lock, I am the most dangerous man and have come for you now. John says you the crowd were into it, what is really sad I have heard it from every superstar every week, what makes Drew any different, Drew says I take action unlike others, (Drew removes jacket and enters the ring and then John removes T-shirt, Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley come out complaining and say unless something is done, Raw is cancelled, Seth Rollins appears and attacks Lashley from behind, then out comes Dean Ambrose, then John Cena gets involved, then Finn Balor appears and brawls with Drew McIntyre as we go to commercial break.

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When we return a Impromptu Six man Tag Team Match is underway.

Six Man Tag Team Match: John Cena, Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor Vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose w/Lio Rush

Match begins with Balor and Ambrose, then John Cena is tagged in and in control and drops Lashley with a Attitude Adjustment but a blind tag by McIntyre, and McIntyre takes down John Cena as we go to commercial break.

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When we return Dean Ambrose in control of John Cena, Spinebuster by McIntyre on Cena, Lashley is tagged in and nails Rollins with a cheap shot but walks into a AA, Ambrose tagged in, Ambrose sends Cena into the stairs as we go to commercial break.

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When we return Ambrose still in control of John Cena, John goes to tag Rollins but Ambrose kicks him of the mat, Balor is tagged in, Balor nails Coup De Gras and then goes for the pin but McIntyre with a Claymore Kick, Rollins and Lashley tagged in, moonsault to outside by Rollins, Falcon Arrow to McIntyre for a two, John Cena nails a AA on McIntyre, kick to McIntyre by Rollins, Frog splash missed by Rollins, Curb Stomp by Seth Rollins for the win.

Winners via Pinfall John Cena, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor

After the match Seth Rollins watches Triple H talking to Sasha Banks and Bayley. We see Seth Rollins head backstage and sees Triple H and says he wants Dean Ambrose, tonight, Triple H says you got it and will be Falls Count Anywhere. Triple H leaves.

We see Hulk Hogan walking backstage who is heading to the ring to remember WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund who passed away last week,

We see tweets from WWE Superstars remembering “Mean Gene” Okerlund.

Tony Rome asks the crowd to stand to remember Mean Gene with a 10 bell toll, crowd cheer. Music of Hulk Hogan hits, Hogan says let me tell you something Brother, I came out in character how Mean Gene would have wanted it, he loved entertaining everyone here, loved it more than anything he did (VT showing moments of interviews and memories featuring Mean Gene) Hogan says see what I mean, he was one of a kind, can speak for everyone, we love you my brother, I got to tell you him not being here but he is in our hearts, I love you and miss you. (Thank you Mean Gene fills arena) Hulk asks what he should do, I know what your doing up there and I know you are putting together great matches in the clouds, mediating Gorilla Mansoon and Bobby Heenan, don’t get hype but have Moolah and Mae Young, what you gonna do when Mean Gene O’Mania runs wild on you, Hogan does a mic drop.

– Commercial break –

Lumberjack Match for Raw World Tag Team Championship – Challengers: The Revival – Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder Vs Champions: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

Match starts with Dawson and Gable, armdrag by Gable, Wilder tagged in as is Roode, Revival sent outside, then Lumberjacks toss them back in, then Gable does suicide dive of the top rope onto Lumberjacks and then Lumberjacks send participants back in, Dawson sends Gable to the outside but is tossed back in as we go to break

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When we return Gable in control of Wilder, Roode tagged in, release suplex by Roode, Dawson sent to the outside, then Wilder sent outside, Waistlock top rope release suplex on Dawson for a two count, cross body of the top rope but Dawson reverses and grabs tight but a two count, Wilder with a frog splash of the top rope for a two count. Bridge Suplex broken by Dawson, Wilder launched to the outside and then Roode reversed it for the win but Dash Wilder had his foot under the rope.

Winners via Pinfall and still Raw World Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.

Still to come Brock Lesnar confrontation with Braun Strowman, Falls Count Anywhere Match for WWE Intercontinental Championship and up next Elias Vs Baron Corbin.

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We see Elias in the ring,  Elias talks about his stardom in 2018, Elias talks about coming to Orlando, and WWE stands for Walk With Elias. If you thought 2018 was great nothing compares to 2019, will walk into Phoenix and enter and win the Royal Rumble, got to say enjoy the failures of Baron Corbin, his life is a joke, he has wronged me so many times and written a song about it, Baron interrupts Elias and says we can’t handle another mind numbing performance, just like you,no idea what it is to have a job on Raw, after everything I should have everyone’s respect and admiration, you disrespect you, you want me to disappear and go away, I am entering the Royal Rumble and will main event WrestleMania, Elias tells Corbin to shut his mouth.

Singles Match: Baron Corbin Vs Elias

Elias in control of Corbin, sending him to the outside and then nailing a baseball kick as we go to commercial break.

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When we return Baron Corbin in control, nails his clothesline for two, then complains to the referee, then Corbin climbs to top rope but caught with a high knee, Elias regains control with a swinging neckbreaker, Elias runs into a right hand, then Corbin sends Elias into the ring post, Baron Corbin nails End of Days for the win.

Winner via Pinfall Baron Corbin

We see Dean Ambrose pacing backstage, I am the only man I trust, last line of defence against Seth Rollins, I have to hurt Seth, bring balance to WWE, if he wins title, end for us all, will end this tonight and burn Seth Rollins down tonight.

We see Paul Heyman knocking on the door of Brock Lesnar who is coming out next to confront Braun Strowman.

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Music of Braun Strowman hits, Braun gets a microphone and is about to speak, then hands the mic back and screams for Lesnar, Heyman and Lesnar appear and Heyman does his introduction, know how much hype has been done, you need to understand is if he comes to the ring to get those hands, because CARD is SUBJECT TO CHANGE, and he won’t have an opponent, but someone looking up to the beast, no reason to thank me, you are welcome,  Strowman says I am waiting for you and come to the ring and face me like your advocate promised. Heyman says NO, Strowman says is your advocate scared of what comes out his ass, is Brock Lesnar scared and doesn’t want to face the monster against men, hiding like a coward, thank Paul because if you come to the ring you will get these hands, Brock says I have had enough, gives his belt to Paul Heyman and heads to the ring, Heyman tries to stop him. Music of Lesnar hits and here comes Brock Lesnar, Lesnar walks down and walks around the ring and then leaves up the ramp, Strowman says turn around, Heyman appears, gives Lesnar the belt and Strowman says at Royal Rumble I will become new WWE Universal Champion.

Still to come World Premier of A Moment of Bliss with Guest Ronda Rousey.

– Commercial break –

We see Jinder Mahal, Alicia Fox and the Singh Brothers and Alicia chants Shanti, Jinder Mahal mocks the crowd, then mocks Orlando, Music of Ember Moon hits to interrupt.

Mixed Tag Team Match: Apollo Crews and Ember Moon Vs Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox.

Leapfrog by Crews, into roll up for a two count, dropkick to Mahal, Apollo press slams Mahal, then Alicia tags in so Ember Moon in, dropkick to Fox, right hand to Fox, Eclipse by Ember Moon for the win.

Winners via Pinfall Ember Moon and Apollo Crews

We see Alexa Bliss getting makeup and a Moment Of Bliss Premier is next.

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Segment involving Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey missed 🙁 Credit to Lordsofpain.net for this segment

We go to the stage for the premiere of “A Moment of Bliss” with Alexa Bliss. Bliss has her own set on the stage. She insults the people of Orlando and hypes her new talk show segment. Bliss snaps for coffee and a staffer brings her cup out. She leads us to a video showing the first year that her first guest had. The video shows highlights of RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey’s first year in WWE.

Bliss introduces her first guest and out comes Ronda Rousey. Rousey takes her seat and Bliss offers her hand for a shake but Rousey no-sells it. Bliss asks Rousey to tell us about her first year. Rousey thanks Bliss and the chants for Becky Lynch start up. Rousey says this year has been extraordinary but as champion, she wants to look forward, not back. Rousey says she wants to be a champion we can be proud of and in order for her to do that, she needs to chase with a vengeance. She gives major praise to Sasha Banks, while taking shots at Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Bliss thought Rousey was setting her up with the praise. We hear Nia Jax gagging on a mic somewhere.

Jax interrupts the show and says it sounds like Rousey has a girl crush on Banks. Jax asks Rousey if she forgot about her. Jax says they have unfinished business. Jax says she wasn’t her best at WWE TLC but that was way back in 2018. Jax says Seth Rollins is getting his rematch tonight, so she thinks she deserves one as well. Jax asks Rousey when she will get the rematch. The music interrupts and out comes Banks. Banks says she’s honored to hear those words from Rousey and she agrees with looking forward. Banks says she would love to face Rousey for the title. She says it would be her honor to teach Rousey how to lose with dignity and class. Rousey laughs. Jax gets in Banks’ face and reminds h er there’s a 300 pound Samoan in her face, one who can break her face. Jax tells Banks to get to the back of the line. Banks calls her a bitch and asks what line. Jax says she is the line. Banks says she will beat Jax right now and the winner will face Rousey. Banks drops the mic and marches to the ring. Jax takes one of the talk show seats and gets comfortable. She says not right now, she is the bitch but… Banks waits in the ring

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Womens Division Singles Match – Winner faces Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble for Raw Womens Championship – Sasha Banks Vs Nia Jax.

Nia in control, Nia sends Sasha Banks to the outside, Tamina then goes to attack Sasha but Bayley stops him and then Tamina attacks and destoys Bayley, Nia with a press slam on Sasha Banks onto a trunk on the outside, Sasha makes it back in the ring at 7, Nia with a DDT for a two count as we go to break.

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When we return Nia Jax in control and has Sasha in a Torture Rack, Sasha escapes, DDT by Sasha Banks, jump of the top rope by Sasha for a two count,  Samoan Drop of the top rope for a two count, Sasha Banks with a Face crush but tosses Sasha across the ring, Nia climbs the rope but Sasha right after her, Nia hung up on the top rope and then Sasha sent to the outside,  Legdrop missed by Nia Jax, Nia sent shoulder first into the post, Tamina tries to get involved but Bayley stops her and sends Tamina into the barrier, side step and Nia into ring post, Nia dropped with a DDT onto the floor, then Sasha drags Nia back in the ring and nails The Bank Statement for the win via Submission.

Winner via Submission and #1 Contender for Raw Womens Championship Sasha Banks

After the match Bayley hugs Sasha and congratulates Sasha Banks. At Royal Rumble Sasha Banks challenges Ronda Rousey for Raw Womens Championship.

We see Dean Ambrose getting ready for WWE Intercontinental Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match against Seth Rollins.

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Falls Count Anywhere Match for WWE Intercontinental Championship  – Challenger: Seth Rollins Vs Champion: Dean Ambrose

Before the introductions, Seth Rollins attacks Dean Ambrose before the bell rings, then enter ring, bell goes and then back on the outside, brawl ensues, dive by Seth Rollins for a two count, Match goes to near the equipment area, Ambrose tries to escape,  and the match goes backstage, Rollins tries to attack Ambrose with a spade, Ambrose escapes, sent into chair stack backstage, Rollins tries to mame Ambrose but no, Ambrose goes to high ground, Ambrose is power bombed on a road case but reversed by Ambrose for a two count. Ambrose grabs a ladder and nails it but gets a two count as we go to commercial break.

– Commercial break –

When we return, fight is back in the arena in the crowd,  We see highlights of body slam on Ambrose off announce table, fight in the stands, Rollins launches himself into Ambrose for a two count, punch to the nose of Ambrose, back in ringside area, punches to Ambrose, tossed into barrier, Steel chair by Ambrose to Rollins, two count, Ambrose exposes the floor protection, punches to Rollins near time keeper area, Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds but Rollins reversed it onto exposed floor, back in the ring, out the ring, thumb to the eye by Ambrose, Super plex by Rollins onto Ambrose followed by the Buckle Bomb, Rollins going for Stomp and nails it and goes for fall but Bobby Lashley pulls him out and slams him into the barrier, then multiple suplexes, Back in the ring back breaker on Rollins and then sets up and spears Rollins, Lashley looks at Ambrose and then Ambrose crawls towards Rollins and pins him to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Winner of Falls Count Anywhere Match and still WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose.

After the match Lashley asks Lio Rush for a table from under the ring, table is set up in the ring, Lashley power bombs Rollins through the table.

We see highlights of win and being put through the table.

End of Raw.

Achal – www.wwewithaview.co.uk

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