WWE Raw notes: CM Punk & Cody Rhodes face-to-face, Rollins retains over Mahal, Becky-Rhea

Originally published at WWE Raw notes: CM Punk & Cody Rhodes face-to-face, Rollins retains over Mahal, Becky-Rhea

Scheduled for the Royal Rumble go-home edition of Raw is CM Punk and Cody Rhodes going face-to-face. 

In the main event of the show, Seth Rollins retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship over Jinder Mahal. Mahal had Indus Sher (Veer & Sanga) at ringside, but they were ejected by the referee. Mr. Money in the Bank Damian Priest brawled with Drew McIntyre which put his cash-in plans on hold.

There was a segment with Becky Lynch and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Lynch expressed her thought that Ripley may be better than her, so she wants to prove that’s not the case by winning the women’s Royal Rumble and challenging Ripley at WrestleMania 40. Ripley hopes they clash at WrestleMania. 

Xavier Woods made his return to in-ring action. Woods had not wrestled since the 11/27 Raw. He went one-on-one with Ludwig Kaiser and their match resulted in a disqualification after Woods threw a chair at him. They brawled post-match and Kaiser went after Woods again backstage, but Jey Uso made the save. 

 An update on Kofi Kingston was provided by Michael Cole following Kaiser’s beat down on Kingston. He’ll be out for a couple of weeks with a cervical and AC sprain. 

Shinsuke Nakamura and WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER declared for the men’s Royal Rumble. 

There was a different stage setup for the show in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Akira Tozawa picked up a victory over Ivar and post-match, Ivar and Valhalla took out Tozawa and Maxxine Dupri. Scheduled for 1/22 are the following bouts: 

  • Chad Gable vs. Ivar
  • Valhalla vs. Ivy Nile
  • Drew McIntyre vs. Damian Priest

After a pretty good run of shows, I thought last night’s show suuuuuuuucked.

Dead crowd and bad wrestling. How is it possible that Candace Lerae has wrestled for so long and is so bad? Mahal-Rollins was terrible. Brutal show overall

Funny how you watched mentioned Killers of a Flower Moon. I was the opposite. I knew I had to see it in theatres, or would have been too distracted to watch it at home.

Hope you enjoyed it @johnpollock.

Priest’s reaction to the Jinder Mahal abdominal stretch was all of us in that moment.

I will say the commentary on RAW is night and day better than SmackDown. Seems mean to pile on Kevin Patrick at this point but goddamn, that guy stinks. Cole feels like a warm hug from a friend in contrast.

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Just got a chance to watch this. Main event was setup very well. Gave Jinder not one but two heaters, had Priest come down to ringside early with the MITB, not to mention that Seth Rollins is one of the best in the world. Now I’m not saying Jinder was about to become Misawa for an evening, but all of the pieces were there for him to put on a good show in the face of all of the crap that was said about him in the past week. And he’s just not good. Like, even worse than I remember.

Also — the part that’s not Jinder’s fault — Rollins did a good job of fighting through his injury and incorporating it to look like he’s just selling, but he was clearly fucked.