WWE Raw Results: Winners, News And Notes On January 11, 2021
Triple H will kick off Raw and is rumored to be facing Randy Orton.
WWE Raw advertised Triple H kicking off the broadcast amid reports of WWE champion Drew McIntyre testing positive for COVID-19. WWE.com noted McIntyre will address the WWE Universe tonight following his diagnosis.
The main event saw Triple H face Randy Orton in a “Legend Killer’s Challenge.”
As expected, last week’s broadcast of Legends Night led to a huge increase in viewership as Raw garnered 2.128 million viewers, its highest number since March. Raw will face stiff competition in the form of the College Football National Championship.
WWE Raw Ratings—Last Five Weeks
- January 11, 2021—2.128 million
- December 28, 2020—1.769 million
- December 21, 2020—1.691 million
- December 14, 2020—1.527 million
- December 7, 2020—1.737 million
WWE Raw—Key Competition
- College Football Playoff National Championship: #3 Ohio State vs. #1 Alabama
- The Bachelor
Pro Wrestling Bits—The Case for Bobby Lashley as a Royal Rumble Darkhorse
WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday—14,680,173 views (Down from 8,328,303)
- Most-Viewed: Goldberg Challenges Drew McIntyre (3,439,043 views)
- Least-Viewed: The New Day Crashes MizTV (209,294 views)
- Median Viewership: 651,478
WWE Raw Results—Monday, January 11, 2021
Opening Segment Featuring Triple H
Triple H said he taught Randy Orton everything he knows one week after Orton admitted Ric Flair taught him everything he knows one week ago.
Randy Orton demanded the WWE Championship after Drew McIntyre was forced to forfeit a non-title match. I’m not sure that’s how that works.
Triple H came to the defense of the WWE legends one week too late.
Triple H is the only person in WWE with enough clearance to use the Pr—k word.
I saw Randy Orton’s banal joke about Stephanie McMahon having his balls in her purse coming from miles away, yet Randy Orton still used it and, of course, Triple H took the bait.
Lacey Evans def. Charlotte Flair
Before this match featured a promo from Drew McIntyre, who became the first person to finally said the words “COVID-19” on air, nine months into a global pandemic.
Until proven otherwise, Ric Flair appearing in person for this match just tells me that he’s thirsty.
That referee did an awful job of officiating, with all of Ric Flair’s outside interference occurring right before his eyes.
Jaxson Ryker def. Jeff Hardy; Jeff Hardy def. Elias
Jaxson Ryker even dresses like Elias when he’s wrestling.
Jaxson Ryker beating Jeff Hardy in under two minutes makes it so much less impressive that Bobby Lashley beat him two weeks in a row.
This was technically Jaxson Ryker’s biggest win of his career, but it was upended by Jeff Hardy scoring a win over Elias in the very next segment. Typical WWE 50/50 booking where nobody really gets over.
Samoa Joe was very funny playing into Elias’ phantom thumb injury.
Keith Lee and Sheamus def. The Miz and John Morrison
After all these years, WWE still hasn’t come up with joint theme music for Miz and Morrison?
The turnbuckle exploded before break, and Keith Lee’s reaction did a good job of making it seem like it was unplanned, which it wasn’t.
Byron Saxton perfectly described Keith Lee’s aforementioned reaction as Steve Urkel saying “did I do that?”
Keith Lee’s comeback was pretty awesome in this match. He needed this.
This match was all about the budding bromance between Keith Lee and Sheamus, which I expect to last roughly three weeks.
Keith Lee def. Sheamus
My prognosis was approximately three weeks too late as Sheamus and Keith Lee faced off in a match almost immediately.
The quick breakup, and subsequent double duty, from these two must have been a combination of WWE being short-staffed due to COVID and WWE being WWE.
Keith Lee and Sheamus embraced after this match, so I guess they were just having fun out there.
T-BAR def. Xavier Woods
This match reminded me that under that terrible T-BAR gimmick is a very capable worker in Dominik Dijakovic.
T-BAR hit a modified GTS, called Eyes Wide Shut, as he finally got to use a finisher.
Bobby Lashley def. Riddle—WWE United States Championship; Riddle def. MVP by Disqualification
After yet another silly comedy segment with Riddle (this time alongside the Lucha House Party), I simply couldn’t picture Riddle beating Lashley two weeks in a row.
Bobby Lashley failed to catch Riddle off a springboard, but then rag-dolled him up in the air and slammed him and it was even more impressive.
This was the third time where a WWE Superstar had to do double duty, this time Riddle against MVP.
Nobody wrestles in a pair of monk straps better than MVP.
AJ Styles def. Drew Gulak
This match seemed to signify AJ Styles going back to being a heel just weeks after a random babyface turn.
Hopefully this turns into an angle where Drew Gulak does everything in his power to try to get into the Royal Rumble match, which would be more television time for a talented performer while also putting over what it means to even be in the Royal Rumble match.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke
Mandy rose said she and Dana Brooke were going to toss Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler to the curb faster than…which was a golden opportunity for a Browns-Steelers reference, but instead Rose went with the Kanye-Kardashian reference.
Shayna Baszler tagged herself in before submitting Mandy Rose, and here we go again with tensions between Jax and Baszler.
Randy Orton vs. Triple H ends in a No Contest
Triple H was not in full gear for this match, which was billed as more of a “fight” than a match.
Randy Orton is the last person who needs a victory against Triple H. Up against stiff competition and sure to do a bad number, this would have been the perfect time for WWE to experiment with a non-established star beating Triple H.
Triple H’s flaming sledgehammer looked pretty badass. The Game disappeared before this match ended because Triple H ain’t doing no jobs. Not even in street clothes.
Is Randy Orton going to have an eye patch now? Is he still considered the babyface in this feud?