January 27, 2020
San Antonio, Texas
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Drew McIntyre defeated Gallows & Anderson via Claymore Kicks on both men
- Rey Mysterio defeated MVP via springboard splash
- Aleister Black defeated Kenneth Johnson via Black Mass
- Raw Tag Team Championship: Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy (c) defeated Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe via rollup by Murphy on Owens
- WWE United States Championship: Humberto Carrillo defeated Andrade (c) by DQ when Zelina Vega attacked Carrillo
- Charlotte Flair defeated Asuka by DQ when Kairi Sane attacked Charlotte
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Mojo Rawley (c) defeated No Way Jose via slam
- Liv Morgan defeated Lana via flatliner
- Erick Rowan defeated Branden Vice via Iron Claw Slam
In-Ring: Drew McIntyre, Gallows & Anderson
Drew McIntyre is introduced to the crowd as the winner of the 2020 Men’s Royal Rumble and the person that will main event WrestleMania. LOUD reaction for McIntyre. The crowd chants, “You deserve it!” McIntyre says he’s convinced he’s been dreaming for the past 24 hours. It feels so good to stand before the people and say that the winner of the 2020 Royal Rumble is Drew McIntyre. Another loud reaction. That means he’s going to WrestleMania. Some of the people like to play games and draw out the decision, but that’s not his style. McIntyre is going to make an announcement and a challenge. McIntyre says, “I challenge Brock Lesnar!” The crowd erupts and starts a “YES” chant.
Most of the boys in the back are terrified of Lesnar, but he isn’t. McIntyre entered the ring and Claymore Kicked him over the top rope. McIntyre says he’ll beat Lesnar for the WWE Title at WrestleMania. McIntyre says he’s fired up and needs to get the energy out. He wants to give some Claymores out. Who has the balls to fight Drew McIntyre?
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows make their way to the ring and get inside. Anderson says he accepts the open challenge and will fight McIntyre tonight. Gallows then says he’ll fight McIntyre tonight as well. McIntyre says he’s the dream-maker. They can both fight him tonight. McIntyre orders a referee to come down to the ring.
2-on-1 Handicap Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Gallows & Anderson
McIntyre chops Anderson down and hits a suplex. Gallows tags in and kicks McIntyre. McIntyre shoves him to the corner and stomps and chops him. Gallows fights out of the corner and knees him. They go for the Magic Killer, but McIntyre gets out. McIntyre takes Gallows down before hitting Anderson with a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre hits a pair of belly-to-belly overhead suplexes on Anderson before hitting a flying axe handle. McIntyre kips up and hits Gallows with a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre kips up again, counts down, and hits Anderson with a Claymore Kick. McIntyre points at Gallows and counts down before hitting him with a Claymore Kick. McIntyre pulls Gallows onto Anderson and pins them both.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
McIntyre sends Gallows and Anderson out of the ring. All of a sudden, the WWE Champion Brock Lesnar runs down and attacks McIntyre. Lesnar gives McIntyre an F5 before holding up the WWE Championship and leaving the ring. Paul Heyman stands with Lesnar at the top of the stage.
It’s official: Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36.
A highlight from Edge’s career is shown. This highlight is from WrestleMania X-Seven when Edge speared Jeff Hardy to the mat as he dangled high above the ring in TLC II.
More Edge career highlights were shown throughout the night.
Rey Mysterio vs. MVP
The bell rings, and they hit ropes a few times and wind up in a stalemate. A “You still got it” chant picks up for MVP. Mysterio applies a waistlock, but MVP fights out and sends him to the corner. Mysterio slingshots over him and hits the ropes, but MVP hits a big boot for a two count. MVP punches away at him before backing up. Mysterio staggers to the corner, so MVP stomps him down. Mysterio comes back with an enzuigiri that sends MVP out of the ring. Mysterio then comes off the apron with a flying hurricanrana into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see MVP get Mysterio in an electric chair. Mysterio gets out with a hurricanrana into the corner. Mysterio kicks MVP in the leg before chopping him. MVP reverses a whip, but Mysterio comes right back with a head-scissor into the corner. MVP drops him on the apron, so Mysterio kicks him back. Mysterio hits a flying seated senton followed by a springboard moonsault block for a near fall. Mysterio goes for a springboard cross-body block, but MVP catches him and slams him down. MVP connects with a Ballin’ Elbow Drop, but Mysterio grabs the bottom rope. Mysterio soon gets him into the ropes for a 619 that barely connected. Mysterio follows up with a springboard splash for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Aleister Black vs. Kenneth Johnson
Black takes Johnson down with a waistlock. Black all of a sudden wipes him out with Black Mass for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Aleister Black
Black gets a mic and says that he holds himself accountable for being eliminated from Royal Rumble. Black is no longer going to dare someone to pick a fight with him. He’ll bring the fight to them. Black sits in the ring and smiles.
In-Ring: Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe
Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are in the ring. Rollins says he almost won the Royal Rumble for the second year in a row, but it wasn’t in the cards. Rollins was eliminated by the eventual winner, Drew McIntyre. Rollins tells McIntyre to enjoy it because the crowd will turn on him in a heartbeat. One positive is he eliminated Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens from the Royal Rumble.
The other positive is Buddy Murphy. They dethroned the Viking Raiders to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions. Earlier today, Owens and Joe laid out a challenge for the titles. Since he is a benevolent leader, he has accepted the challenge. Rollins orders Joe and Owens to come out and get their asses handed to them by the Monday Night Messiah.
Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe come out to the stage. Owens says Rollins still talks too much. For the last few months, Rollins has been an absolute jackass. Owens says Rollins absolutely sucks. Rollins mentions that Owens says he talks too much, but Owens is the one doing all the talking. Joe says week after week, Owens has looked for the fight, but Rollins ran. What is different about tonight? Owens says Rollins is so eager to fight they have to think his hired goons are lurking. Rollins says they don’t need the AOP to beat the two of them. Rollins has a camera crew on the AOP. The AOP are shown on the big screen.
Joe insinuates that Rollins is lying and that was recorded earlier in the day. Rollins is furious and has one of them say something to Owens. Rollins says they are in his dressing room. Owens sarcastically thanks him for telling them where they are. The Viking Raiders all of a sudden appear on the screen and viciously brawl with AOP in Rollins’ locker room. Owens and Joe make their way to the ring.
Raw Tag Team Championship
Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kevin Owens & Samoa Joe
Seth Rollins will start the match against Samoa Joe. Rollins hooks a side headlock before wrenching the arm. Joe gets out and punches Rollins down. Rollins rolls out of the ring to recover. Buddy Murphy comes over and talks strategy with him. They collect themselves, and Murphy tags in. Murphy applies a waistlock, but Joe takes him down. Joe jabs away at Murphy in the corner, taking him down. Joe forearms Murphy in the face until Murphy responds. Murphy hits the ropes, but Joe shoulder blocks him down. Kevin Owens tags in and punches away at Murphy, beating him down in the corner before taunting Rollins. Owens scoop slams Murphy and hits a slingshot elbow drop for a two count. Owens puts Murphy back in the corner and tags Joe in. Joe hits a snapmare and attacks the back before kicking him in the chest. Joe drops an elbow for a near fall. Joe takes Murphy down with a side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Owens tags in and punches away at Murphy. Owens hits a backbreaker for a near fall. Joe tags in, and Murphy flips through a back suplex. Joe punches him back, and Rollins blind tags in. Joe tries to fight him off, but they take Joe down with a double-team back elbow. Rollins stomps away at Joe in the corner before backing up and taunting the crowd. Murphy tags back in, and they whip Joe to the corner. Murphy whips Rollins into Joe, but Joe gives him a back body drop out of the ring. Murphy goes for a missile dropkick, but Joe sidesteps him. Joe then sends Murphy out of the ring. Owens hits Rollins with a cannonball off the apron while Joe hits Murphy with a suicide dive!
We come back from the break to see Rollins standing over Owens, who is struggling to get to his feet. During the commercial, Samoa Joe was sent to the back by the referee after it was feared he got a concussion. During the suicide dive, Joe’s face landed hard on the floor and he immediately grabbed his head. Owens DDTs Murphy. Rollins tags in, and Owens takes him down for a frog splash to pick up a near fall. Murphy soon tags in, but Owens punches and chops him back. Owens hits the ropes, but Murphy hits a jumping calf kick for a near fall.
Rollins tags in and goes for a Pedigree, but Owens hits a back body drop. Rollins lands on his feet, so Owens hits a Pop-up Powerbomb for a near fall. Murphy tags in and kicks Owens before putting him on the top rope. Murphy goes for a superplex, but Owens fights it and head-butts him. Owens hits a front suplex off the ropes followed by a Swanton Bomb, but Rollins breaks it up. Owens throw Rollins out of the ring and hits a summersault senton. Owens gets back in the ring, and Murphy hits him with a running knee. Owens avoids a Stomp from Rollins. Owens goes for a Stunner on Murphy, but Murphy shoves him off. Owens gives Rollins a Stunner, and Murphy immediately rolls him up with the tights for the win.
Winners by Pinfall and still Raw Tag Team Champions: Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy
Rollins and Murphy embrace in victory on the stage while Owens looks on in fury.
Backstage: Becky Lynch
— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2020
Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage. She cannot believe she was ever doubting herself. She should slap herself in the head for doing that. Lynch says she is the GOAT. As for Charlotte Flair, it won’t be the first time she defeats her, but it will be the last.
WWE United States Championship
Andrade (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo
Carrillo starts off with a dropkick and gets him outside the ring. Andrade sends him into the ring post and puts him in the ring. Carrillo soon fights back and knocks him out of the ring. Carrillo then hits a moonsault plancha to the floor!
We come back from the break to see Andrade counter a springboard arm drag into a flapjack. Andrade applies a modified surfboard stretch. Carrillo somehow sits up and goes for a move, but Andrade viciously powerbombs him. Andrade stomps him in the corner and goes for the double knees, but Carrillo moves. Carrillo knocks Andrade back and hits a springboard cross-body. Andrade sidesteps a strike, but Carrillo still takes him down. Carrillo connects with a standing moonsault for a near fall.
Andrade makes a comeback by kicking the feet out from under Carrillo as he attempted a springboard for a near fall. Andrade argues with the referee. Vega orders Andrade to finish this. Andrade ducks a kick, but Carrillo hits him on the rebound. Carrillo connects with his big moonsault, so Vega gets in the ring and breaks it up. The referee calls the match off.
Winner by Disqualification: Humberto Carrillo
Andrade retains the WWE United States Championship.
Carrillo viciously knocks Andrade out of the ring. Carrillo pulls back the pad and exposes the concrete. Carrillo then gives Andrade the Hammerlock DDT on the concrete, the same thing Andrade did to him over a month ago. Vega screams in horror as referees come down to check on Andrade.
In-Ring: Charlotte Flair, Kabuki Warriors
Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring to a big reception. Flair says for those that missed it last night, she won the Royal Rumble. That gets a mixed reception. Flair says she did something she said she would do. Flair says she shouldn’t brag, but that’s what she does. Here are some highlights from last night.
Video Package: The Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Flair brags about outlasting 29 other women. In 10 weeks, she’ll go to WrestleMania for the title. At WrestleMania, she is going to challenge… for a championship. She’s still thinking about it. Flair laughs as the crowd groans.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors come out to the stage. Asuka shouts in Japanese and gets in the ring with Kairi Sane. Asuka says if she was in the Women’s Royal Rumble, she would have won. Flair asks if Asuka is challenging her. The Kabuki Warriors attack Flair and give her a double-team suplex before they just cut to commercial.
Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
The bell rings, and they charge each other. Flair soon takes her down and applies an arm bar. Asuka fights out and hits a shining wizard for a two count. Asuka takes off one of her arm covers to shake some feeling into her elbow. Flair avoids a running hip attack, but Asuka manages to punch her back. Flair hits a backbreaker and connects with a clothesline. Flair tries to stretch the leg out on the bottom rope, but Asuka gets out and hits a German Suplex. Asuka goes to the top rope and connect with a missile dropkick for a two count. Asuka applies an octopus stretch, but Flair gets out and rolls her up for a two count. Flair chops away at the chest in the corner before putting her on the top rope. Flair climbs, but Kairi Sane causes a distraction. Asuka then pushes Flair off the top rope to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Flair counter a hip attack into a back suplex. Asuka quickly sidesteps her before laying a kick into the midsection. Asuka follows up with a bulldog for a near fall. Asuka goes to the top rope for a missile dropkick, but Flair avoids it. Flair dropkicks her. Asuka quickly snaps her off the top rope and gets in the ring, but Flair big boots her down for a near fall. Flair steps on Asuka and climbs to the top rope for a moonsault, but Asuka moves. Asuka applies an absolutely devastating looking submission, but Flair twists out. Asuka applies a triangle hold instead. Flair soon powers her up and hits a vicious sit-out powerbomb for a near fall.
Flair goes for Natural Selection, but Asuka counters out. Asuka hits a Codebreaker for a near fall. Flair quickly rolls her up for a two count. Both hit the ropes, and Flair connects with a big spear… but Asuka kicks out! Flair sets up for a Figure Four Leglock and locks it in. Flair transitions to the Figure Eight, so Kairi Sane wipes Flair out with an InSane Elbow!
Winner by Disqualification: Charlotte Flair
Sane attacks Flair, but Flair soon sends her to the corner. Flair takes Sane down with a big boot. Asuka rescues Sane and yells at Flair from ringside.
Backstage: Street Profits, Kelly Kelly
— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2020
The Street Profits are shown hyping up Raw backstage. They put over what we’ve seen on Raw. Kelly Kelly joins them. She sings about wanting the smoke with them.
WWE 24/7 Championship
Mojo Rawley (c) vs. No Way Jose
WWE 24/7 Champion Mojo Rawley puts over the fact that he’s going to be defending the title. Rawley introduces Riddick Moss as his lineman that will protect his blindside.
The bell rings, and Rawley immediately chop blocks the knee before hitting a running forearm in the corner. Rawley slams Jose down for the win.
Winner and still WWE 24/7 Champion: Mojo Rawley
All of a sudden, one of the conga line members rolls Rawley up to win the title. It’s R-Truth, of course. Moss gets in R-Truth’s face, and R-Truth turns into a slam from Rawley. Rawley regains the title.
Lana vs. Liv Morgan
Bobby Lashley and Rusev are banned from ringside.
The bell rings, and they immediately lock up. Morgan hits a snapmare and attacks for a two count. Morgan goes to the top rope, but Lana shoves her to the floor. Lana gets Morgan in the ring and kicks her down for a two count. Lana connects with a suplex and shouts that she is the best wrestler in the world. Lana applies a chin lock. A “Rusev Day” chant picks up. Morgan gets out and takes Lana down a few times before hitting a step-up enzuigiri. Morgan hits a double stomp to the back for a one count. Lana catches her with an inside cradle for a two count. Morgan connects with a flatliner for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Liv Morgan
Erick Rowan vs. Branden Vice
Rowan immediately dropkicks Vice out of the ring and absolutely annihilates him with a running cross-body block on the floor. Rowan gets Vice in the ring and avalanches him before hitting a modified jackhammer. Rowan lifts the shoulders before the count of three. Rowan hits an Iron Claw Slam for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Erick Rowan
In-Ring: Edge, Randy Orton
Edge’s music hits, and the WWE Hall of Famer makes his way to the ring to a huge reception. Edge looks choked up by the response. The San Antonio crowd is absolutely coming unglued. Edge goes to speak, but he becomes overwhelmed. Edge starts to speak again, but he’s cut off by the crowd chanting his name.
Edge says as a performer, an athlete, and an artist, which encompasses the three things wrestlers are, they’ll never have any idea what the reaction means to him. This is why they do this. A “You still got it” chant thunders in the arena. Edge says, “Ya damn right I do!” The crowd loudly cheers that.
Edge addresses the elephant in the room: how is he standing here one day removed from the Royal Rumble? Nine years ago, he was medically disqualified from ever doing this again. Edge refused to like in a world of “what ifs.” Edge constantly worked to make the “what if” disappear. Over the years, he started to feel pretty good and asked himself, “What if?” What if he came back home? Edge says he got to work. A loud “Welcome home” chant fires up. Edge got a second neck surgery and busted his ass. He got in the best shape of his life at 46-years old so he could step back in here and end his career on his terms. The crowd erupts in applause.
Edge found himself in the Royal Rumble and saw some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, Matt Riddle… the list goes on and on. Hopefully he sees them down the road. Edge says he’s not fooling himself. This might not last that long. Edge hopes that everyone joins him on this ride. The crowd enthusiastically agrees and chants, “YES.” Edge smiles at the reaction. Edge says that’s his first “YES” chant. He’ll have to thank Daniel Bryan for that. Edge says he’s a little older, a little grayer with some crow’s feet, but it’s the roadmap that got him here. Edge has one thing that you can’t fabricate, fake, or force down someone’s throat. Edge says he has grit. When you knock him down, he gets back up.
Randy Orton’s music interrupts him! Orton says it’s no secret that he has a self-destructive personality. Years ago there was one guy on the road that grabbed his hand and pulled him out of the hole: Edge. Edge looks like he’s going to break down in tears. Orton says, “Welcome home, Edge. Welcome home.” Orton says Edge is a brother to him and family to him. Last night feeling that energy when the music hit and the chemistry they have… that was special. Orton heard Edge talking “What ifs.” Orton has one for him. What if Rated RKO got back together one more time? The crowd erupts and starts a thunderous “YES” chant! Orton then drops Edge with an RKO!
Orton goes to ringside and paces around. Orton grabs a steel chair and puts it in the ring. Orton sets the chair up before collapsing it and smacking Edge in the neck with it! Edge screams in pain. Orton puts his head down in the corner and thinks about what he’s done. Orton slowly turns around and picks the chair up again. Edge is clutching his neck in pain. Orton puts the chair down before sandwiching Edge’s head in the seat! Orton looks completely conflicted. Edge’s hand is twitching. Orton backs up and goes to the second rope. Orton really thinks about it. They lowered the WrestleMania sign so it’s in the background the entire time. Orton gets down from the ropes after thinking about it, not wanting to end it all for Edge. Orton takes the chair and tosses it out of the ring. Orton leaves… but then he runs to the timekeeper’s area and grabs two chairs. Orton sets Edge up and hits a one-man con-chair-to! Orton sits down next to an unconscious Edge. Orton realizes what he’s done and backs up as the show comes to an end.