WWE Raw Results
January 9, 2023
Birmingham, Alabama (Legacy Arena at The BJCC)
Commentary: Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever. Together.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Raw video plays, and we go into the Legacy Arena.
Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring to a big reception. Owens will face Roman Reigns in a few weeks at the Royal Rumble for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Owens thanks the crowd and begins to speak, but he’s interrupted by WWE Hall of Famer John “Bradshaw” Layfield.
JBL says since Owens isn’t from the South, most people of Alabama are one generation away from walking on all fours. While they may believe in Bigfoot, UFOs, and the Chupacabra, no one believes Owens can beat Roman Reigns. JBL wants to introduce Owens to the only person to have a pinfall victory in the past three years on the Tribal Chief. JBL welcomes “The Modern Day Wrestling God” Baron Corbin.
Baron Corbin comes out and says there is no chance Owens can beat Roman Reigns. Roman Reigns is Georgia. Kevin Owens is Alabama. He’s a loser. The crowd boos. Owens puts his head into the turnbuckle in frustration. Corbin says if he’s in the Royal Rumble, he will go on to win and beat Roman Reigns again, only this time it will be in the main event of WrestleMania. Baron Corbin will walk out as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. JBL shouts for Owens to pay attention and wonders if he’s in a food coma. Owens says they’ve been talking for three minutes and have said nothing. That’s the coma he was in. Judging by the crowd, their words weren’t very good. Owens is dressed for a fight because he figured the Bloodline would come out looking for a fight, but they’ll do just fine. Owens can hit him with a Stunner before or during the match. JBL is stunned at Owens’ temerity in challenging the Wrestling God. Owens says he wants a match right here and now with Corbin.
Kevin Owens vs. Baron Corbin w/ JBL
The bell rings, and JBL quickly distracts Owens. Corbin blindsides Owens and stomps him down in the corner before choking him with his boot. Corbin puts Owens into the opposite corner. Corbin goes for an avalanche, but Owens moves. Owens punches, but Corbin reverses a hard whip into the corner. Owens collapses in pain. Corbin punches Owens in the ribs and the head. Corbin elbows Owens in the head and punches him in the corner. Corbin charges, but he hits the ring post shoulder-first when Owens moves. Owens hits an inverted atomic drop and clotheslines him. Owens hits a clothesline and knocks Corbin into the corner. Owens tells Corbin and JBL to “suck it”, but Corbin gets out of the ring. Owens follows him out and goes for an Apron Powerbomb, but Corbin gets out. Corbin gives Owens a chokeslam on the apron.
We come back from the break to see Owens hit Corbin with a cannonball in the corner. Owens goes to the top rope, but Corbin cuts him off. Corbin attempts a superplex, but Owens fights it. Owens head-butts him down to the canvas, and Corbin takes a weak bump. Owens connects with a Swanton Bomb for a near fall.
Owens gets to his feet and hits Corbin with a superkick. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Corbin holds the ropes and boots him. Corbin goes for an out-and-in clothesline, but Owens cuts it off. Corbin counters back with a big DDT for a two-count. Owens fights back and hits the ropes, but Corbin counters with a Deep Six for a near fall. An irate Corbin punches away at Owens. Corbin pulls him up to his feet and punches him down to his knees. Corbin talks trash and hits the ropes, but Owens catches him with a Stunner for the victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Owens immediately gets out of the ring when he notices Jey Uso making his way to the ring through the crowd. Jimmy Uso blindsides Owens. Solo Sikoa soon joins in. The Bloodline begins triple-teaming Owens. They grab a chair, but Owens fights back. Sikoa then gives Owens a superkick into the timekeeper’s area. Owens grabs Mike Rome’s shoe and hits Jey with it. Owens throws a chair at Jimmy and takes Sikoa out. Owens hits them all with a chair, sending The Bloodline running. An irate Sikoa tries to charge the ring, but The Usos hold him back.
WWE Official Adam Pearce runs out with officials to get the Bloodline out of there.
Coming up next, we’ll have a medical update on Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
The Bloodline is leaving when WWE Official Adam Pearce stops them. Pearce tells the Usos that there will be a Tag Team Turmoil match tonight with the winners going for the Raw Tag Team Championship later. As for Solo Sikoa, he has to face Dolph Ziggler tonight. Pearce ejects The Usos from the arena.
Video Package: Alexa Bliss viciously attacks Bianca Belair and busts her open last week.
Alexa Bliss climbs onto the commentary table with a microphone. Bliss says Bianca Belair is the Raw Women’s Champion, but she’s the only one here. She busted Belair’s face and sent her into hiding. Belair doesn’t need to be afraid of Bray Wyatt or Uncle Howdy. Belair needs to be afraid of Bliss. Bliss says she is the face of evil. Bliss doesn’t feel bad about what she did. She hasn’t felt this good in a really long time. Bliss has taken control and is the one in charge. She’s got the whole world in her hands and won’t be afraid to tear more scars into Belair’s face to take the Raw Women’s Championship.
All of a sudden, a Bray Wyatt graphic flashes on the screen. A swingset filmed in black and white is shown. Uncle Howdy appears and asks if she feels in charge.
Bliss sneers at the entrance ramp. Uncle Howdy makes his entrance and stands on the ramp laughing at her.
Bayley w/ Damage CTRL vs. “Michin” Mia Yim
Before the match begins, Bayley grabs a microphone. Bayley greets “Michin” Mia Yim before turning her attention to Becky Lynch, who Bayley knows is watching. Bayley says Lynch is obsessed with them and is jealous of the bond in Damage CTRL because Lynch has no friends. Bayley says Lynch isn’t here because she can’t stand losing to her. Dakota Kai and IYO SKY did such a great job, they’re getting the night off.
The bell rings. Bayley quickly attacks Yim with some punches. Yim quickly fights back with a boot to the face and a neckbreaker. Yim punches her and connects with a dropkick. Bayley quickly gets out of the ring. Yim follows her out and eventually kicks her in the shoulder from the apron.
We come back from the break to see Bayley applying a chin lock. Bayley pulls her over to the apron and hangs her off before hitting a suplex on the floor. Yim hit with a nasty thud. Bayley gets her back in the ring for a near fall. Yim soon fights back and knocks Bayley to the floor before hitting a suicide dive. Yim gets Bayley in the ring and hits a spin kick followed by a Pele Kick. Yim follows up with a German Suplex. Bayley fights back, but Yim catches her with a lung blower getting in the ring… or something. Yim goes for a cannonball, but Bayley moves. Yim escapes Bayley-to-Belly and flips through a back suplex attempt. Yim kicks her, but Bayley escapes a second German Suplex. Bayley knocks her into the corner and hits a backslide pin with her feet on the ropes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bayley
Corey Graves quotes WWE Hall of Famer Jesse “The Body” Ventura, saying, “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.”
The commentators mention that Johnny Gargano has an AC sprain and will be out of action.
Cathy Kelley is backstage with Candice LeRae. LeRae says Johnny Gargano is bummed he cannot participate in Tag Team Turmoil, but he’ll be 100% soon. LeRae says she’s looking forward to the Royal Rumble. Rhea Ripley interrupts her. She’s going to check on her Latino Heat before his interview on Miz TV, but she had to stop to cut off LeRae’s delusions. LeRae says she has as much of a chance as Ripley. Ripley says the only chance LeRae has is her getting her pixie wings ripped off. LeRae doesn’t want to wait until the Royal Rumble. Ripley says she’ll give Dominik Mysterio a gift by beating her.
United States Champion Austin Theory is walking backstage. We’ll hear from him next.
Theory shouts, “The Champ is here!” They need to get used to this being forever. Where is their guy? Where is Seth “Freakin” Rollins? Rollins thought he was going to beat him, but he stops when he becomes angry that the crowd is shouting, “WHAT?” They then chant for Rollins. Theory says Rollins isn’t here. Rollins limped away with his old knee that couldn’t keep up with him. Rollins was taken to school by the United States Champion, Austin “Freakin” Theory!
Seth “Freakin” Rollins’ music hits, and The Visionary comes out to the stage on crutches. Rollins begins dancing around with the crutch. The crowd sings his theme loudly. Theory says Rollins thought he was the mountain, but Theory beat him. That means he is the pinnacle of professional wrestling and has surpassed Rollins. Theory says he’s in the Royal Rumble and will win it. Theory will then leave WrestleMania as the United States Champion and the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
Rollins says there will be time for the crowd to sing, but he has to give an update on his knee. Rollins says his knee isn’t 100%, but it will be 100% for the Royal Rumble when he wins and goes on to the main event of WrestleMania. Rollins just came out here to hear the fine people of Birmingham sing his theme song. Rollins says he’ll see Theory at the Royal Rumble and calls him “kid.” Rollins leaves the crutch behind and leaves laughing.
All of a sudden, Bobby Lashley’s music hits. Lashley makes his return to a big reception. Lashley walks by Rollins and heads to the ring. Theory warns Lashley not to get in the ring. Lashley does not heed that advice and gets in the ring. Lashley ducks a crutch shot from Theory and spears him! Lashley then throws Theory over the top rope. Lashley says it doesn’t matter who is in the Royal Rumble because he is back and is going to win it. Lashley can’t wait to manhandle everyone in the Rumble.
Candice LeRae battles Rhea Ripley next.
Rhea Ripley vs. Candice LeRae
The bell rings, and Ripley immediately starts talking trash. LeRae knocks her to the corner with a flurry of strikes. Ripley shoves her, but LeRae avoids a big boot and rolls her up for a two-count. LeRae boots Ripley back and goes for a diving tornado DDT, but Ripley powers her up. Ripley flapjacks her for a two-count. Ripley kicks LeRae in the spine and puts her in the corner before taunting the crowd. Ripley whips LeRae hard into the opposite corner and attacks the lower back. Ripley puts LeRae in the corner and shoulders her in the corner. Ripley talks trash, so LeRae slaps her. Ripley clubs the back and angrily throws her across the ring. Ripley continues to attack and puts her on the top rope. Ripley taunts the crowd and goes for a superplex. LeRae fights it and slides under her. Ripley hits the turnbuckle with her hand while swinging at LeRae. LeRae then hits a German Suplex off the second rope! LeRae pulls the ropes down to get Ripley to the floor. LeRae knocks Ripley back and goes for a springboard to the floor, but Ripley catches her and throws her into the barricade. Ripley applies a Prism Trap outside the ring before swinging her into the barricade! Ripley puts LeRae back into the ring and hits an emphatic Riptide for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Rhea Ripley
Byron Saxton catches up with Bobby Lashley backstage, but MVP walks in and says he has some business with the All Mighty. Saxton walks away. MVP extends a hand, but Lashley won’t shake it. MVP says he got him reinstated on Raw. Lashley thanks him for that. MVP asks if they’re good. Lashley says he isn’t punching him yet. MVP says he wants to get them back to doing what they do best. MVP got Adam Pearce to realize Raw needs Lashley. MVP also cleared things up with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. Lashley says he’s not ready to clear things up yet. MVP respects that and says his number is still the same if he wants to expand his business.
We’ll hear more about Cody Rhodes’ recovery.
Money in the Bank is coming to the O2 Arena in London, England.
Video Package: Cody Rhodes’ return from injury
Cathy Kelley is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler says he’s focused on being the best. Ziggler wants some payback. Mustafa Ali walks up to him and says he just heard from Adam Pearce that Ziggler was told about teaming with him in Tag Team Turmoil, but he declined to face Solo Sikoa. Ali says Ziggler owes him after interrupting his United States Championship match. Ziggler says this isn’t personal, but it’s not about him.
Solo Sikoa is warming up. He’ll face Dolph Ziggler next.
Video Package: Bronson Reed hype package
Byron Saxton is backstage with Bronson Reed, but The Miz quickly walks up. Miz says they have each other’s backs. If you mess with one of them, you mess with both of them. Reed is very ethical. Reed says nothing. Miz invites him on Miz TV, but Reed says if Miz wants something from him, he needs to pay. They aren’t friends. Miz laughs it off.
Solo Sikoa vs. Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings, and Ziggler immediately attacks. Sikoa shoves him off, but Ziggler jumps back on him. Sikoa shoves him away again, and shoulder tackles him. Ziggler shoulders him and snaps him off the ropes. Ziggler jumps on his back for a sleeper hold, but Sikoa shoves him off. Sikoa hits an uppercut that flattens The Show Off. Sikoa attacks Ziggler and stomps the midsection. Sikoa hits a falling head-butt for a two-count. Sikoa grabs him by the hair and applies a nerve hold. Ziggler fights up and hits a jawbreaker. Ziggler leaps up and punches him before trying for a neckbreaker. Sikoa shoves him off and goes for a slam, but Ziggler slides off. Ziggler dropkicks him and goes for a spike DDT, but Sikoa holds him up before throwing him over the top rope!
We return from the break to see Sikoa hit a nasty hip attack to the head for a near fall. Sikoa soon follows up with a WILD Samoan Drop for another near fall. Ziggler fights back and boots him in the head. Sikoa goes for an avalanche but hits his forehead on the ring post when Ziggler moves. Ziggler connects with a spike DDT for a near fall.
Ziggler punches away at Sikoa. Ziggler has a cut on his back. Sikoa knocks him back and lifts him, but Ziggler slides off and hits a Zig-Zag for a near fall. Ziggler continues to attack and goes for a superkick, but Sikoa shoves him off. Ziggler goes for a famouser, but Sikoa lifts him up before releasing and hitting a Samoan Spike out of midair for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Solo Sikoa
Despite being kicked out earlier tonight, Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos come to ringside to celebrate with their brother.
Replay: Dominik Mysterio is arrested on Christmas Eve after trying to attack his father at home. Despite being in jail for one night, Mysterio says prison changed him.
Dominik Mysterio, wearing a bandanna over his face, is backstage with The Judgment Day. Mysterio will be on Miz TV next.
Cathy Kelley is backstage with Bayley. Bayley says Becky Lynch got the message when she beat “Michin” Mia Yim. Michin comes up and says Bayley is a cheater. Bayley says Michin stepped up for Becky Lynch, but Lynch won’t do the same for her. Damage CTRL attacks Yim and leaves her lying.
Miz TV with special guest Dominik Mysterio
The Miz makes his way to the ring and welcomes everyone to the show. Miz has had great guests in the past like John Cena and Roman Reigns, but tonight he’s looking into the Justice System. Miz introduces Dominik Mysterio, who makes his way to the ring looking like he got ripped out of a Grand Theft Auto game. Mysterio is accompanied by The Judgment Day.
Miz thanks Mysterio for coming out with the entire Judgment Day. Mysterio says he learned in prison that you have to run with your crew. Mysterio appears to have a tear drop painted on his face. Miz wants to know what it was like in prison, but Mysterio says that snitches get stitches. Ripley and Bálor assure Mysterio that he’s safe on the outside. Mysterio tells Miz to imagine being with the world’s most dangerous people and not knowing where your next meal will come from. You either push or be pushed. Mysterio did what he had to do in order to see Mami again. You have to grab life by the balls like Maryse does to The Miz.
Priest tells Mysterio to mention the story about scaring someone straight. Mysterio tells a story about slapping his bunkmate to let him know not to mess with him. Now he knows how Martha Stewart feels. Miz mentions that he has sources that say Mysterio was only in jail for a few hours. Priest asks what he means by that. Miz says maybe his sources were wrong. Priest says it’s time for them to win Tag Team Turmoil and hopes The Usos watch.
The Good Brothers come to the ring.
Tag Team Turmoil
The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest) w/ Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley vs. The O.C. (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows)
Finn Bálor starts against Karl Anderson. Bálor attacks, but Anderson quickly takes him down with a back elbow. Anderson attacks Bálor in the corner, but Bálor turns him and chops the chest. Bálor whips Anderson to the opposite corner and chops the chest. Anderson knees him back and puts him in the corner. Bálor boots him back and hits the ropes, but Anderson connects with a spin kick for a two-count. Luke Gallows tags in. The Good Brothers send Bálor into the ropes and hit a double-team shoulder tackle. Gallows elbows him and tags Anderson back in. Anderson kicks Bálor in the midsection and chops the chest. Gallows is tagged back in, and he punches Bálor. Bálor gets away and tags Damian Priest in. Gallows fights him, but Priest quickly fights back. Gallows hits a spin kick and sends him into the ropes. Priest ducks a big boot and hits a thrust kick. Priest attacks Gallows, and Bálor tags in. Bálor attacks Gallows’ legs. Bálor wraps the leg around the ropes and stretches it. Gallows clubs Bálor away, so he quickly tags Priest back in. Priest kicks away at the injured legs of Gallows. Priest whips Gallows hard to the opposite corner and avalanches him. Priest goes for a Broken Arrow, but Gallows counters into a vertical suplex.
Anderson tags in and chops Priest’s chest. Anderson knocks Bálor off the apron and chops Priest in the corner. Priest reverses a whip to the corner, but he misses an avalanche. Anderson hits a Martial Arts kick in the corner. Bálor runs in, but Anderson takes him down. Priest pulls Anderson out of the ring and throws him into the steel ring steps.
We come back from the break to see Anderson tag in. Anderson starts to run wild, but Mysterio grabs his feet. Bálor rolls Anderson up for the win.
The O.C. has been eliminated.
Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin make their way to the ring. They quickly attack the Judgment Day.
The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest) w/ Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley vs. Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin
Alexander gets Bálor in the ring and hits a Michinoku Driver for a two-count. Shelton Benjamin tags in and suplexes Bálor. Bálor fights back, but Benjamin clotheslines him down. Rhea Ripley yells at Kevin Patrick, who is criticizing the fact that Dominik Mysterio was in jail for only a few hours. In the ring, Bálor fights back, but Benjamin soon hits a spin kick. Priest tags in. Benjamin hits Priest with a German Suplex before giving one to Bálor. Benjamin hits a second German Suplex on Priest and gets the crowd going. Benjamin knees Priest in the face and tags Alexander in. They hit a vicious double-team, but Bálor breaks up the pin. Benjamin sends Bálor to the floor. Alexander attacks Priest and hammers away at the back. Alexander applies a grounded bear hug. Priest fights up, but Alexander hits a Neuralyzer for a near fall. Priest punches, but Alexander kicks him back. Bálor blind tags in as Priest hits South of Heaven. Priest attacks Benjamin while Bálor hits Alexander with the Coup de Grâce to eliminate them.
Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin have been eliminated.
Alpha Academy makes their way to the ring.
The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest) w/ Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley vs. Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis)
We join this match in progress to see Bálor hit Chad Gable with a Sling Blade. Priest tags in and hits Gable with a Broken Arrow for a near fall. Priest applies a chin lock to Master Gable. Gable fights up, but Priest throws Gable to his corner for an avalanche. Bálor tags in and hits a slingshot stomp. Priest tags in. Bálor hits a backbreaker, and Priest drops a leg on Gable. Priest covers for a two-count. Bálor tags in and throws Gable out of the ring. Bálor chops Gable’s chest. Priest confronts Otis in the ring, but they don’t come to blows. Bálor attacks Gable’s back and poses. Bálor applies a chin lock. Bálor lets go and taunts Otis. Gable drops Bálor with a neckbreaker.
The #1 Guy Otis tags in, as does Priest. Otis clotheslines Priest and floors him with a vicious back elbow. Otis sends Priest into the ropes and head-butts him. Bálor runs in, but Otis hits a scoop slam. Otis whips Priest into Bálor and avalanches them both. Priest drops down, and Otis looks down at him. The crowd begins to buzz. Otis then hits the Caterpillar for the first time in a long time. Bálor dives off the top rope, but Otis hits a World’s Strongest Slam! Otis goes to the ropes for a Vader Bomb, but he lands on Gable, who Bálor was holding down on top of him to absorb the blow. Otis cannot believe it. Priest superkicks Otis and hits a vicious clothesline for the elimination.
Alpha Academy has been eliminated.
WWE officials and doctors run down to check on Bálor, who is in a lot of pain after having Otis sandwich Gable on him. Adam Pearce says they’ll have to do a medical forfeit. Pearce says they’ll have to forfeit or Dominik Mysterio can take Bálor’s place. Mysterio looks concerned. Priest unconvincingly says that will be ok. Bálor is medically disqualified!
The Street Profits make their way to the ring.
The Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest) w/ Finn Bálor and Rhea Ripley vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
We join this match in progress to see Angelo Dawkins viciously stomping away at Dominik Mysterio. Montez Ford tags in and flattens Mysterio with a big dropkick. Ford stomps away at Mysterio and calls him a “jailbird,” with a heavy amount of sarcasm. Dawkins tags in and chops Mysterio’s chest. Ford tags in, and The Street Profits maul Prison Dom. Finn Bálor is seated at ringside clutching his ribs in pain. Dawkins tags in and clubs Mysterio. Dawkins elbows Mysterio in the head, but Mysterio fights back and stomps him. Dawkins reverses a whip and hits a twisting avalanche. Ford tags in and punches Mysterio. Ford kicks Mysterio in the ribs and uses the ropes to stomp him for a two-count. Dawkins tags in and throws Mysterio across the ring. Rhea Ripley yells at Kevin Patrick, who says Instagram stories last longer than Mysterio did in county jail.
Priest and Ford tag in. Priest knees him and puts him in the corner before punching away at him. Priest stomps him down in the corner and walks it off before shoving Dawkins off the apron. Priest knees Ford in the face, and Ripley mocks Ford. Priest punches Ford in the face before viciously whipping him to the opposite corner. Priest takes it to Ford, but Ford fights back. Priest absorbs a blow and shows that his mouth is bleeding. Ford pulls the top rope down to get Priest out of the ring. Mysterio interferes, but he’s chased away. Priest quickly knocks Ford over the commentary table. Dawkins then wipes out Priest and Mysterio with a somersault senton before sticking the landing! Wow!
We return from the final break of the evening to see Priest punching Dawkins in the face for a two-count. Bálor is still seated and yelling in pain. Mysterio tags in and applies a chin lock to Dawkins. Dawkins tries to fight up, but Prison Dom grounds him. Dawkins fights up, so Priest tags in. Priest hits a powerful scoop slam to Dawkins for a two-count. Mysterio tags in. Mysterio drops Dawkins into the ropes and goes for a 619, but Dawkins catches him with a leaping back elbow.
Ford tags in and knocks Mysterio and Priest back before hitting them with a top rope cross-body block. Ford dropkicks Priest out of the ring before avalanching Mysterio. Ford hits a flurry of kicks on the prison-hardened Mysterio and hits a back suplex. Ford hits a standing moonsault for a near fall. Dawkins tags in. The Street Profits hit Mysterio with a Pounce/German Suplex combo for a near fall! Ripley falls to her knees in relief. Dawkins scoops Mysterio up, but he slides off. Priest tags in and kicks Dawkins. Priest hits Ford with a flatliner before viciously clotheslining Dawkins for a near fall. Ripley shouts at the referee. Priest goes for a springboard kick, but Dawkins punches him out of midair.
Ford tags in, but Priest goes for South of Heaven. Ford counters into a hurricanrana. Dawkins then kicks Priest out of the ring. Mysterio blind tagged in and is laid out on the top rope. Ford wipes Priest out with a WILD somersault senton OVER the corner turnbuckles! Ford knocks Mysterio down to the mat and hits a 450 splash! Ford covers, but Priest pulls him out of the ring. Priest charges Ford at ringside, but Ford leaps to the apron, and Priest hits the ring steps headfirst! Mysterio then pulls Ford into the ring with a roll-up and gets his feet on the ropes for the victory!
Winners of Tag Team Turmoil: The Judgment Day
The Judgment Day celebrates big time. Damian Priest was in this match for nearly an hour. Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos come out and hold up the Raw Tag Team Championships in their faces.