WWE Monday Night Raw Results 12th Jan 2015


Rating and reviewing the matches and segments from this week’s Raw. CONTAINS SPOILERS.

After last week’s return of The Authority and the firing of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Eric Rowan what would happen this week?

Raw started with a very upset John Cena, he apologised to the WWE Universe for getting his former team mates fired but went on to insist it really wasn’t his fault. He then went on to threaten The Authority, claiming that he would win the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Royal Rumble and then refuse to fight at Wrestlemania, causing The Authority to miss out on the biggest match at the biggest event of them all. It didn’t take long for The Authority to respond however as they laughed at Cena’s arrogance. They then offered him a second chance to become a hero, a one on one match with Seth Rollins to win the fired superstars returns. The only stipulation, this would be a Lumberjack Match.

Segment Rating 5/10


John Cena Vs Seth Rollins (Lumberjack Match)

The rules for a lumberjack match are simple, the ring is surrounded by 12 wrestlers, dubbed Lumberjacks, whose role is to throw the competitors back in the ring should they “fall out”. The Lumberjacks for this match would be Big Show, Bad News Barrett, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Fandango, Titus O’Neil, Kane, Curtis Axel, J&J Security and Justin Gabriel. Now you may notice that that is only 11 wrestlers, n-one else seemed to notice as the commentators constantly mentioned the 12 lumberjacks.

As expected this was decent match but there was only ever going to be one winner, especially with the lumberjacks all being Authority sympathisers. Cena put up a good fight and almost pinned Rollins a number of times, only for various lumberjacks to interfere. Eventually Big Show pulled Cena out of the ring to deliver a KO Punch and roll Cena back in the ring for Rollins to cover. We can’t remember the last time Rollins won a match without outside interference. If WWE really are serious about pushing Rollins to World Heavyweight Championship status then he needs to start winning matches on his own.

Match Rating 8/10


Next we saw The Usos and Dean Ambrose backstage with Stephanie McMahon. She berated The Usos for bad mouthing The Authority on last week’s Raw and told them that, as punishment, Naomi would be in action tonight against Alicia Fox and that Naomi would have to fight with one arm tied behind her back. Stephanie then turned to Ambrose to question his mental health, telling him he would not be allowed to wrestle in the Royal Rumble unless he underwent an evaluation with a specialist, who was waiting off camera. We then saw a quick segment with The Miz & Damien Mizdow talking about the Golden Globes. They congratulated George Clooney and said that one day he’ll be good enough to win a Slammy like The Miz. Finally we went back to Ambrose who was lying on a couch as his evaluation began.

Segment Rating 6/10


New Day Vs Cesaro & Tyson Kidd

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods would represent the impressive New Day tonight and yet again we were gifted with a fantastic technical display. The two tag teams put on a great match as their technical styles played well together. There were some great Tag Team moves from Cesaro & Tyson Kidd which were almost immediately countered by Woods and Kingston, utilising their own Tag Team moves. Eventually it was Woods who would pin Kidd for the win.

Match Rating 7/10


Big Show was next to the ring, telling the audience that they are all losers and that he was a born winner. He went on to poke fun at Roman Reigns, saying that any match against Reigns would be easy. Roman Reigns then came to the ring, causing Big Show to walk away. Reigns pointed out that Big Show was running away like a coward before telling him the story of Roman and the Beanstalk. Whilst many are bemoaning Reigns’ mic skills this was a decent section and was quite amusing. We still aren’t convinced that Reigns is ready for a big push but he is certainly a solid member of the roster.

Segment Rating 7/10


Roman Reigns Vs Luke Harper

Luke Harper is one of the most impressive superstars on the current roster and this was proved once again. Harper put on a brutal display of strength and technicality, flying around the ring and delivering a huge dropkick to Reigns, sending him to the arena floor. Harper wouldn’t quit with his assault though, as he threw Reigns all over the arena and eventually into the steel steps. Reigns eventually gained some control, setting Harper up for the Superman Punch. At this point Big Show, who had been sitting at ringside, decided to interfere, causing a distraction which allowed Harper to hit his trademark Side Slam. Reigns managed to kick out however and then hit the Superman Punch, followed by a Drop Kick on the ring apron. Finally Reigns hit a Spear to win the match. After the bell had rung Big Show entered the ring and hit Reigns with a KO Punch before walking out with Harper. Could this be the start of a new Tag Team?

Match Rating 8/10


Next we re-visited The Miz & Mizdow backstage. This time we heard from Mizdow how told us about his new play entitled ‘Manhood’, which would be coming to a theatre near you soon. This was done in typically funny Mizdow fashion as Miz looked on both shocked and disgusted that his “stunt double” had an acting gig.

Segment Rating 6/10


Naomi Vs Alicia Fox

As previously mentioned, this match was set up by Stephanie McMahon as a punishment for The Usos. The stipulation being that Naomi would have one arm tied behind her back. Not very original seeing that it wasn’t that long ago we saw the same thing when Brie Bella was being punished by Stephanie McMahon for being married to Daniel Bryan. This was actually a surprisingly good match and Naomi really took it to Alicia Fox, proving that she is one of, if not the, best Diva’s on the roster. She put up a brilliant fight, knocking Alicia out of the ring and still hitting some great moves, even with one arm. Ultimately though, it was Alicia who would be victorious; hitting a huge Scissor Kick and reminding us of Booker T.

Match Rating 6/10


Dean Ambrose was next up, continuing his psyche evaluation backstage. The therapist was asking him to perform some image association tasks, holding up pictures and getting Ambrose to say the first thing that came into his head. His results were as follows;

Triple H – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Seth Rollins – Scumbag

Roman Reigns – Brother

Kane – Toothpaste

Hacksaw Jim Duggan – Hooooo!

Stephanie McMahon – Hooooo!

You could hear the audience laughing and it was a really funny segment, Ambrose is a master of the promo and once again this was utilised well.

Segment Rating 8/10


Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman were next to the ring. Heyman delivered yet another masterclass in mic work although this week he didn’t have much to say. He reminded the crowd that his client beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania before saying that his client would beat Rollins and Cena at Royal Rumble. The only comment of note was Heyman pointing out that Lesnar was the only reality in WWE’s fantasy. That felt like a poke at WWE creative but maybe we are reading too much into it.

Segment Rating 6/10


The Miz w/Damien Mizdow Vs Jey Uso w/Jimmy Uso

This was nothing special and was essentially a filler match. Mizdow was the real highlight, yet again mimicking The Miz, much to the amusement of the crowd. It was over very quickly after Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Jey Uso, allowing him to pin.

Match Rating 6/10


Daniel Bryan would come to the ring next to talk about his return at Royal Rumble. The crowd reaction was crazy for someone who has been absent for so long and really proves how much the WWE Universe love him. He announced that he would definitely be in the Royal Rumble match and went on to claim he would win it and headline Wrestlemania. Sure enough Stephanie McMahon would come to the ring quickly following that statement. She asked him if he really believed he could make it back to the top, his answer was of course Yes! Annoyed by this, Stephanie then announced that Bryan would return sooner than he thought, arranging a match between Bryan and the man who put him out of action to begin with Kane. Kane would of course make his way to the ring immediately but Bryan wasn’t messing around, attacking Kane. There was a good scuffle outside the ring, ending with Kane trying to Tombstone Bryan onto the steel steps, the very move which almost ended his career. Bryan managed to counter before the refs came to the ring to break it up. Kane started to leave as Bryan was held down by security. He struggled free though and went straight after Kane again. Eventually Kane ran away as the crowd chanted Yes, Yes, Yes!

Segment Rating 8/10


Brie Bella w/Nikki Bella Vs Paige w/Natalya & Tyson Kidd

This was another filler match, which seemed pretty pointless. The match was so short in fact that only one event was worth mentioning. Tyson Kidd got onto the ring apron to cheer on Paige, this of course had the opposite effect as Paige was distracted, allowing Brie to win the match with a roll up. After the match Paige slapped Kidd and Natalya tried not to laugh. Quite what the point of all this was we don’t know. No doubt it had something to do with Total Diva’s but no wrestling fan will know that.

Match Rating 5/10


Next we were treated to a special video announcing that Macho Man Randy Savage would be inducted into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. This was an emotional montage of clips, highlighting the late superstars’ career. The crowd erupted at the news and after the video it was announced that Hulk Hogan would be inducting him on the night.

Segment Rating 9/10


The Ascension Vs ?

We really don’t understand what the creative team at WWE are doing with The Ascension. They were an awesome force with a great gimmick on NXT so this should not be a hard sell as they step up to WWE. It seems as though they have really messed up on this one as yet again we were forced to watch The Ascension fight against some unknown “local talent”. They put together some awesome moves but it was largely unimpressive thanks to their unconvincing opponents, that looked more like children than wrestlers. WWE Creative really need to start using The Ascension properly before they become a joke.

Match Rating 4/10


Back to Dean Ambrose and his psyche evaluation and now Ambrose has taken over the session, with his therapist now lying on the couch crying. Ambrose convinces him to sign his papers and then tells him that everything is his fault and he should continue to be sad.

Segment Rating 6/10


Rusev & Lana came out next to thank The Authority for firing Ryback. Rusev then went on to accuse Ryback of being a coward like all Americans. He then went on to claim he would win the Royal Rumble, prompting Dean Ambrose to come to the ring. Ambrose attacks Rusev and the two brawl. It was then announced that the two would have a match right then.

Rusev Vs Dean Ambrose

A feud between Ambrose and Rusev could be the perfect way to enhance both of their careers. Rusev as the Anti-American is a great heel, but the time for American superheroes like Hulk Hogan or Lex Luger is over. Ambrose would make a perfect Anti-Hero to take on Rusev, the classic American Rebel character. This was decent match with the focus largely on Ambrose, who almost pinned Rusev a couple of times. Rusev was smart however and tagetted Ambrose’s damaged Knee, eventually causing the Referee to stop the match, feeling that Ambrose could not continue. Ambrose got angry and confronted the referee and Rusev hit him with a devastating Superkick. We really hope this is the start of something bigger.

Match Rating 8/10


Finally it was time for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match Contract Signing.

Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins and John Cena all came to the ring to sign the contract, the three shared some insults on the mic before they eventually signed the contracts. Once the contracts were signed Rollins tried to hit Cena with the Money in the Bank Briefcase, Cena fought him into the corner and Lesnar hit him with a German Suplex. Lesnar then hit Rollins with the same move before Cena got up and put Lesnar through the table with an AA. After this Rollins managed to hit Cena with a Kerb Stomp and then followed it up with a Kerb Stomp on Lesnar.

Segment Rating 7/10


The stage is certainly set for the Royal Rumble on the 25th January but it still isn’t obvious what direction the WWE will take with the World Heavyweight Championship. Will Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank Contract, will Cena overcome the odds or will Lesnar dominate once again?


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