WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 10January 11, 2022
WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 10
Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on January 10.
The Royal Rumble is fast approaching on January 29, but WWE has already set up quite a bit for the pay-per-view.
On the Raw side of things, The Miz and Maryse will take on Edge and Beth Phoenix in a mixed tag team match, and Bobby Lashley will challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship.
This week's episode of Raw continued to build up those storylines while also setting up for a few other potential additions to the card.
Monday's show featured a Triple Threat match to determine the No. 1 contender to Becky Lynch's Raw Women's Championship with Bianca Belair, Doudrop and Liv Morgan.
We also saw RK-Bro defend the Raw tag titles against Alpha Academy, and Alexa Bliss began her journey back to Raw. Let's look at everything that happened on Monday's show.
Raw opened with Lesnar and Paul Heyman making their way to the ring while MVP and Lashley were shown watching from the back.
Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin walked up, and Lashley told them there was no Hurt Business. They left looking dejected. Back in the ring, The Beast looked excited to be back in Philadelphia. Lashley's music wiped away his smile.
The two powerhouses had a tense exchange that included some jokes from Lesnar and some threats from Lashley. The Beast called The All Mighty a Brock Lesnar wannabe before leaving the ring.
Alexander and Benjamin tried to ambush Lashley, but he took them out with ease.
The exchange between Lashley and Lesnar was simple, but it worked perfectly. Lesnar's sense of humor shone in this segment, and the post-match attack helped make Lashley look like a real threat.
WWE has to fill two more weeks before the Royal Rumble PPV, so it's good that this storyline isn't being rushed. Having the two competitors wait until the PPV to make their first contact might be the best decision.
RK-Bro vs. Alpha Academy (Raw Tag Titles)
The Raw Tag Team Championships were on the line this week after last week saw Otis and Chad Gable defeat Riddle and Randy Orton in a non-title contest.
Riddle and Gable started for their teams with a nice exchange of technical maneuvers. They used mostly holds and takedowns until Gable hit a cheap shot to the face.
Riddle responded with some kicks that sent his opponent to the floor to recover. The Bro followed him with a kick from the apron and a twisting springboard senton to the floor.
We returned to see Riddle trying to make the tag to Orton, only for Gable and Otis to keep him back. The Dozer tagged in and started using his power to punish the former MMA fighter.
The Viper and Gable got the tag at the same time. Orton went on a rampage against both opponents and hit some of his big signature moves on Gable.
Otis made a blind tag and hit Orton with his trademark slam for the pin and the win. Alpha Academy earned the Raw Tag Team Championships.
This was a fun match with a good pace and some solid wrestling from all four competitors. The pop Orton got when he tagged in was huge, and it seemed to get him pumped up as he hit Gable with a few power moves.
It's great to see Otis finally getting a real push again after his singles push was cut short. His winning and then losing the Money in the Bank briefcase seemed like a death sentence, but he has made a great comeback with this new tag team.
Gable, as always, remains one of the most consistent workers in the industry. He deserves this moment of triumph.
Dirty Dawgs and Apollo Crews vs. Street Profits and Damian Priest
Apollo Crews and Montez Ford started for their teams in this six-man tag match. After a quick exchange, Dolph Ziggler tagged in to take over for Crews.
Damian Priest and Angelo Dawkins helped Ford clear the ring as we went to a commercial. We returned to see Crews pick up Ford for a gorilla press slam.
After Priest was superkicked off the apron, Dawkins got the hot tag and came in with offense for all three opponents. Ziggler ended up hitting the Zig Zag for the win on Dawkins.
This match was fine if a little pointless. None of the feuds featured here were advanced by this result, so this felt like a filler segment.
With six guys and limited time, there was only so much anybody could do. Ford and Dawkins each had some cool moments, and so did Crews, but nothing else really stood out.
Big E vs. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins came out to talk about how he would be facing Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. He was soon joined by Big E, and they eventually agreed to have a match at that moment.
They locked up and Big E was able to get the upper hand for a moment before Rollins sent him out of the ring for a suicide dive. He tried a second, but Big E blocked him with a big forearm.
We returned from a commercial to see Big E slam Rollins' head on the announce table. The powerhouse kept control for a few minutes as he threw Rollins from corner to corner, but The Visionary hit a chop block and DDT to stop him in his tracks.
Rollins started to wear Big E down, but one big side slam gave Big E a chance to recover. He speared Rollins off the apron to the floor as we went to another break. We returned right as Big E hit three belly-to-belly suplexes in a row.
Rollins countered the Big Ending with a superkick almost for the win. He hit a big frog splash but still couldn't get the pin. Big E countered the Stomp with a powerbomb and locked in a stretch muffler submission.
Rollins escaped disaster on the top rope when he countered the Big Ending. Big E avoided a Pedigree, but the Stomp hit its mark to give Rollins the win.
Rollins and Big E work so well together, and that counts for both on the mic and in the ring. Their promo exchange was great, and their match was even better.
These guys have been in the ring together more than a few times, but this is one of the few times they have had a chance to work a singles bout together in what seems like a long time. They clearly wanted to make a good impression and did not disappoint.
This was impromptu, but by the time it was over, this felt like a bitter feud between two longtime rivals. WWE has a chance to make this a good feud if it wants to.
Omos vs. Jobber
After we saw Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley's tag team dissolve right in front of our eyes, Omos came out for a match against a jobber.
Omos stood more than a foot higher than this poor kid. He ran at Omos after the bell and fell right on his butt. Omos stepped on his foot so he couldn't crawl away, and then he picked him up with one hand and threw him across the ring.
Omos put him on his shoulders and threw him up in the air before dropping him to the mat. He finished off his victim with a two-handed chokeslam.
As far as squash matches go, this was fine. Omos looked as dominant as he ever has, but that was easy considering WWE put him in the ring with a walking stick figure.
The strategy with giants is to always pair them up with smaller opponents to make them look even bigger. WWE should go a different way with Omos and book him against other big guys so he can look even more dominant by beating them with ease. Just a thought.
AJ Styles vs. Austin Theory
Austin Theory and AJ Styles did battle this week in a singles bout. Theory gave a quick interview before the segment and said Vince McMahon told him not to screw this up.
Theory started off strong by hitting the first kick, but Styles took control a moment later and hit a nice backbreaker. Theory put him down and hit a springboard stomp followed by a suplex for a two-count.
We returned from a break to see Styles building up some momentum. He hit a neckbreaker for a near-fall, but Theory was able to recover and hit his own modified neckbreaker for another two-count.
Grayson Waller showed up out of nowhere to attack Styles and caused a disqualification. He let Theory take a selfie with Styles before The Phenomenal One recovered and took it to Waller to send him running.
What we saw here was good, but it wasn't enough. More of the match was occupied by a commercial break than it was by wrestling, and that is a problem.
The inclusion of Waller continues his storylines with Styles from NXT, but a lot of fans might be lost since the ratings indicate only a percentage of the Raw audience even watches that show anymore.
Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop vs. Liv Morgan
Becky Lynch gave a quick promo before the women competing in this Triple Threat No. 1 Contender's match got underway.
The bell rang and all three women started throwing hands. Doudrop was able to get the upper hand for a second, but Belair sent her out of the ring.
Doudrop pulled her under the ropes, and they brawled until Morgan took them both out with a senton over the top rope. Morgan and Belair ran the ropes until Morgan hit a hurricanrana.
The EST cornered her for some mounted punches and then backflipped over Doudrop. She hit a back suplex moments before Doudrop hit both of them with a low crossbody. Doudrop caught Morgan coming off the top rope and slammed her onto Belair for a near-fall.
We returned to see Morgan hit a combo hurricanrana and roll-up on Belair and Doudrop, but she was unable to get the pin. The EST took down Doudrop so all three women were down on the mat.
Morgan locked Belair in a submission, but she powered out of it to her feet only for Morgan to counter with a pair of knees to the face. Belair broke up a pin with a 450 splash to both opponents.
Belair planted Doudrop with a spinebuster and then slammed Morgan on top of her. She hit both women with a moonsault before hitting Morgan with the K.O.D. Lynch ran in and attacked her right as she went for the cover. Meanwhile, Doudrop pinned Morgan to win the match.
This match had the perfect pace and some great spots for all three women, but the finish left a little to be desired. Lynch attacking Belair protects The EST from this loss, but it also makes Doudrop's win mean just a little less.
Morgan was the standout in this performance. She has gotten really good at some of her signature moves and is starting to incorporate more offense into her repertoire.
The in-ring action on this week's show had more highs than lows. The main event and Rollins vs. Big E were probably the biggest highlights.