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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 28 | Bleacher Report



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    Just 24 hours after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event that gave fans a taste of things to come on this Road to WrestleMania, WWE's Raw hit the

    Seth Rollins won the men's Royal Rumble match and would address the WWE Universe for his election of Champions for the Showcase of the Immortals. [1

    9659004] Ronda Rousey was on the heels of a physical intense match against Sasha Banks and […]

    Would anyone step up to The Baddest Woman on the Planet and issue a title bout, or would Becky WrestleMania intentions clear?

    WWE's flagship show kicked

    Rollins pointed to the WrestleMania is a tough one that will take him some time.

    COO of WWE Triple H

    Chants of "slay the Beast" Poured from the stands, fans making their preference for a Rollins -Brock Lesnar match felt.

    Dean Ambrose interrupted and demanded a match against The Architect.

    Grade

    B

    Analysis

    The promo segment may have been another thinly veiled, lazy attempt by WWE Creative to book a match,

    While it is a foregone conclusion that Rollins targets Lesnar for a WrestleMania showdown, it is a rare attempt by the writing team to keep fans

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    Rollins overwhelmed and frustrated Ambrose early, taking the fight to his former day team partner before a powerbomb from

    Ambrose worked over Rollins, grounding him with an STF. He is going to cut off any attempt at a comeback, blocking a sling blade to retain control of the match. A rolled-up Rollins fought back, delivering a suicide dive and flattening Ambrose with a Falcon Arrow.

    A missed frog splash from Rollins created an opening for Ambrose. The former intercontinental champion tried Dirty Deeds, but Rollins fought out. The ripcord knee, a buckle powerbomb and the Stomp finished off Ambrose as Rollins continued to roll.

    Result

    Rollins defeated Ambrose

    Grade

    B +

    Analysis

    Ambrose and Rollins have their best matches when they get out and do their thing without trying to get too cute or clever. Rollins the feud-ending victory and allowed him to continue building his momentum ahead of his WrestleMania match

    The first qualifier for the Women's Day Championship Elimination Chamber match.

    Dennis Ambrose What happened in the ring When he came face-to-face with Jax, who mocked him and knocked him out of the ring.

    Snuka and Jax worked on the smaller Bliss, isolating the former Raw women's champion from her partner. Little Miss Bliss.

    James finally made the hot day and took over the fight against Jax.

    The Irresistible Force Samoan Drop to Cash and Tamina's Ticket to Eliminate Chamber and a Shot at History.

    Result

    Jax and Tamina defeated James and Bliss

    Grade

    B

    Analysis

    Jax as an antagonist to both women and women alike is in love with an interesting storyline and a bridge to inter-gender wrestling.

    gives the championship bout at Elimination Chamber a duo of bruisers who can punish and pummel the opposition. More importantly, it creates the possibility that a babyface has teamed up with them to capture gold and make history.

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    Two months ago, Kurt Angle was scheduled to battle Raw general manager Baron Corbin in a competition before he replaced Drew McIntyre, who punctured and humiliated the Hall of Famer.

    Monday, Angle finally got his hands on The Lone Wolf.

    Corbin controlled the majority

    Angle slammed, fired up and delivered to Angle Slam, but he was unable to put away Corbin.

    After the match, Corbin delivered End of Days, leaving Angle lying in a heap to the segment as the commentary team questioned they just witnessed the swan song for Angle.

    Result

    Corbin defeated angle

    Grade

    C +

    Analysis

    Angle is one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the sport, a performer whose list of extraordinary in-ring performances is a mile long.

    His in-ring career should be over, as evidenced by another lackluster performance Monday on Raw.

    The Olympic gold medalist A superstar in his athletic prime. That the announce team so matter-of-factly suggested we may have seen the end of Angle as an in-ring performer serving only as a worker.

    Angle deserves fans who remember his golden days rather than the matches where he limps around the ring, unable to muster the physicality needed to perform at a high level in today's WWE. He should, instead, enjoy the legacy he has made himself.

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    Brock Lesnar made his way to a huge ovation, just one night after falling.

    The Extraordinary Man talked about his Royal Rumble defeat but, more importantly, how he made Lesnar believe. I ntercontinental champion Bobby Lashley and mouthpiece Lio Rush, though, broke his promo.

    Rush laughed off the possibility that Balor could have beaten Lesnar. Balor responded by reminding the WWE Universe that Lashley lasted what, 12 seconds in the Royal Rumble match?

    This earned Balor a beatdown as Lashley and Rush continued building heat for their heel act.

    Grade

    C +

    Analysis

    Balor as the inspirational underdog is a good fit for him, but a rivalry with Lashley over a title he has routinely competed for the past year.

    Hopefully, this is not an excuse to put over Lashley at Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.

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    Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins Iced Z's save of Hawkins a week ago.

    The former Major Brothers would not prove much of a threat to the Revival's claim to tag team dominance, as Hawkins missed a blind day and fell victim to Shatter Machine as The Top Guys picked up a much-needed victory.

    Result

    The Revival Ryder and Hawkins

    Grade

    C +

    Analysis [

    The outcome, though, leaves one to wonder what the point of a Ryder-Hawkins reunion was when they were going to be watching and having all their momentum drained in a single match.

    Yes, The Revival needed the win. No, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson have absolutely defeated Hawkins in an eternity, but Hawkins and Ryder have really given themselves a win or three to build their stature in the division before being so thoroughly defeated.

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    Elias was in the ring one night after a Royal Rumble match that saw him enter at No.

    Still somewhat sulking, Elias announced he would not be willing to perform for the WWE Universe but, rather, for himself.

    This brought out Jarrett, followed by "Road Dogg" Jesse James, whose history with Double J is well-known.

    James ran through the D generation. X catchphrases before joining Jarrett for a statement of "With My Baby Tonight."

    Elias blasted James with a guitar and attacked Jarrett.

    The fans chanted "whoa, walk with Elijah" as the drifter stood tall over Jarrett's fall body.

    Grade

    D

    Analysis

    So … is Elias a heel? Or a babyface?

    Nothing but really accomplished, with the exception of re-establishing Elias as a heel.

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    The Second Women's Day Team Championship Eliminating Chamber's Natalya and Dana Brooke's The Riott Squad's Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. [

    Morgan and Logan beat down Brooke for most of the match NXT standout tagged Natalya into the match. The Queen of Harts was rolling, trapping Morgan in a Sharpshooter.

    Morgan would then score an upset win over the former women's champion to advance to Elimination Chamber.

    A frustrated Natalya walked out on to apologetic Brooke. [19659004]

    Result

    The Riott Squad defeated Natalya and Dana Brooke

    Grade

    C

    Analysis

    Riott Squad

    Morgan and Logan Winning the Most Sense and Setting the Duo as One of the Favorites Natalya and Brooke are at a potential program between them.

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        Sasha Banks, Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey, is one of the most successful title defense team ever hit the ring and discussed her first year in WWE. Eventually, Bayley answered her open challenge for a Raw Women's Championship match, which was a nice bit of continuity as Rousey wages was with the original Four Horsewomen of NXT.

        Bayley reminded fans early and often that she is a former champion and a fine professional wrestler, surprisingly dominating a Rousey still reeling from her hard-fought match with Banks one night earlier.

        Nursing a bad knee, Rousey found herself on the defensive. She escaped a kneebar at one point but ended up receiving a Bayley-to-Belly suplex into the corner. Banks' Bank Statement for a near submission.

        Sensing her title was in jeopardy, Rousey mustered enough energy to slam Bayley off the Bayley delivered her top-rope elbow drop in honor of Randy Savage and applied her Rope at the win.

        After the match, Becky Lynch broke the proceedings and announced that she would challenge Rousey at WrestleMania. The Man accused Rousey of sweating, reminding the fans that Rousey never came to prove it once and for all the baddest was.

        Rousey said she wants the best Lynch at WrestleMania. Rowdy said while Lynch was trying to make it into wrestling, she was dominating MMA. At The Showcase of the Immortals, she will own Lynch.

        Result

        Rousey defeated Bayley

        Grade

        A

        Analysis

        The In a world of pretty damn good promos, Rowdy is damn between the ropes and carries herself as a star, she still needs to find herself as a talker. 19659004] With that said, her match with Bayley was fun and showcased the former NXT women's champion's abilities. Bayley reminded audiences of why they fell in love with her in the first place.

        Though she was unsuccessful in her bid to dethrone Rousey, she emerged better for it.

        Lynch appearing was unexpected, and the intense verbal showdown between them was superb.

        Lynch is a star. A legitimate, unbridled star waiting to break through in the stratosphere as the face of WWE in 2019. That comes at WrestleMania where, if the company knows what is good and wants to avoid a Roman Reigns situation, she wants to become the first superstar to hide Rousey.

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        One night after being runned-up in the 2019 Royal Rumble match, Brown Strowman battled Drew McIntyre, seeking vengeance for a sickening beatdown a few

        McIntyre sent Strowman into the barricade ahead of the break and left the big man in an attempt to quell his fury. The Monster Among Men fought back, though, and had The Scottish Psychopath reeling before Baron Corbin

        What is the end of the story? Earlier. Corbin and McIntyre brutalized Strowman, McIntyre and Corbin.

        Result

        Strowman defeated McIntyre via disqualification

        Grade

        B

        Analysis [19659004McIntyrebeingalignedwithCorbinWhenheshouldberunningover

        There are some compliments about McIntyre being involved with Corbin WWE officials know what they want to do with him.

        Strowman is hardly their worst idea.

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          Before Seth Rollins could make the decision to make his decision regarding the WrestleMania main event, Paul Heyman and Universal champion Brock Lesnar beat him to the punch.

          Heyman , ever the master of the mic, explained t o Rollins that he really only had one choice: a wrestling clinic against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship because of a showdown with Brock Lesnar would not be ready for brutality.

          Rollins hit the ring and took the fight right to Lesnar, unfazed by The Beast.

          Lesnar obliterated Rollins time after time, hoisting him up for four straight F-5s. The Architect, ever defiant in the face of a ruthless rival, egged him on and another one of the finishers as Lesnar stood tall to close out the show.

          Grade

          B +

          Analysis

          This established Rollins as fearless and unspeaked by the most imposing superstar in WWE history. Hey what unafraid to march to the ring and deal the first blow to Lesnar. He dared Lesnar to continue punishing him.

          Rollins is a longtime friend of Roman Reigns, whose WrestleMania 31 classic with Lesnar featured him suckering Lesnar into the ol 'rope-

          The Superstars want to follow WrestleMania. a-dope before mounting a comeback. Lesbians on the grand stage

          One thing is certain: Rollins faces an uphill battle, and the rivalry between him and Lesnar should be a fun one, especially if they can pack a punch from an intensity standpoint.


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