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WWE Raw results: January 16 winners, ratings, reactions and highlights

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    Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of WWE Raw on January 16.

    We’re less than two weeks away from the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 28, so WWE has been trying to get all their ducks in a row when it comes to setting up the card.

    Following last week’s return, Bobby Lashley arrived on Raw this week looking to re-establish himself as the leader of the red brand.

    We also saw Judgment Day figure out their next step after Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest became the number 1 contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championships during last week’s Turmoil Tag Team match.

    Let’s take a look at what happened during Monday’s show.

Mustafa Ali vs. Solo Sikoa

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    Raw opened with The Usos and Solo Sikoa heading to the ring. They talked a bit of trash before Judgment Day came out to respond to their claim that they will retain the Raw tag titles.

    A fight broke out, as expected, but just as Solo was about to shoot Rhea Ripley, Mustafa Ali came flying in from the top turnbuckle to take him down.

    The match officially started during the break, so we got another look at The Street Champ taking it to the former 205 Live standout. Kevin Owens made an appearance and fought The Usos at ringside, allowing Ali to drop Sikoa with a huge tornado DDT for a close two count.

    After avoiding a 450 splash, Sikoa hit the Samoan Spike for the win. He went in KO’d and immediately took him out with a Stunner.

    The pre-match segment was okay, but the match that followed was definitely more effective in getting the crowd in the right frame of mind for the rest of the night. There was a lot of chaos, and chaos will always make things a little more fun.

    Winner: Sikoa only

    Qualification: B-

    Notable moments and observations

  • Dom trying to act like an ex-con in front of two guys who have actually been arrested multiple times was probably meant to be funny, but it seemed weird.
  • The best part of the pre-match segment was the matchup between Ripley and Sikoa. If WWE wants her to start wrestling men, she should do it instead of pestering him over and over again.
  • Ali is such a fluid artist. He makes a lot of little things look so much better than your average fighter. Even a simple dropkick has something extra when he hits it.
  • It looks like WWE is setting up Sikoa and Owens for a singles match after Roman Reigns ends The Prize Fighter.

The Street Profits vs. Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin

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    Angelo Dawkins and Shelton Benjamin started for their teams, but The Gold Standard actually started by hitting Montez Ford with a running knee to knock him off the apron.

    Cedric Alexander tagged in to keep Dawkins at bay, but the big man was able to tag in desperately so Ford could take Alexander out with a massive crossbody.

    MVP walked to the ring as the show was coming to a close. Unfortunately, he was a second too late when he tried to interfere on Alexander’s behalf and ended up making the final sequence look awkward.

    Both teams are incredibly talented so it’s no surprise they delivered a fantastic game with the crowds cheering in all the important venues. MVP tried to talk to Alexander and Benjamin after he was done, but they seemed annoyed.

    Winners: street earnings

    Qualification: B.

    Notable moments and observations

  • Corey Graves was so mad that Dawkins was wearing a Bengals jersey it was pretty funny.
  • When Ford makes his big dunks, you almost get the feeling that he has to hold back to avoid clearing his opponent completely.
  • The fact that MVP was too late to get Alexander out of the way really took his breath away at the end of this match.

Omos against Elijah

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    MVP and Elias had a backstage run-in that led to MVP tagging Elias in a match against the man he believes will win the men’s Royal Rumble, Omos.

    The Nigerian giant ran over the singer with ease to send him out of the ring to recover. As Omos tried to follow him, Elias pounced on him and ended up pushing him into the ring post.

    When Elias tried to grab his guitar to use in MVP, Omos grabbed it and headbutted him before smashing the guitar to the ground. Elias nailed three jumping knees before Omos grabbed him by the throat with his two-handed chokeslam for the win.

    This was brief and uneventful, but not bad. They did what they had to do, but neither of them really turned out well.

    Winner: hear

    Qualification: C-

    Notable moments and observations

  • Why was Elijah surprised that it was Omos? That’s the only person MVP has been officially representing for a long time.
  • There was a segment before this match where Bayley agreed to face Becky Lynch inside a steel cage next week. It was a decent exchange that may have gone on too long.

Alpha Academy vs. Doomsday

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    Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest battled Chad Gable and Otis in a tag team match after they first met last week during the Turmoil Tag Team match.

    Dom and Gable began the fight for their teams, but it didn’t take long for the young Mysterio to get frustrated and relieved Priest to take over.

    This was a pretty standard tag team match. Both teams did their thing, but Judgment Day definitely had the advantage most of the time.

    Even though this match had some great looking individual points, most of what we saw was slow going. It didn’t seem like either team had much urgency to win. They just went from one place to another.

    Gable won the match before Ripley distracted the referee so Priest could apply a chokeslam. Dom did the cover of the victory.

    Winners: Doomsday

    Qualification: c+

    Notable moments and observations

  • The way Gable tricked Dom into immediately going upside down was hilarious.
  • The crowd seemed at a loss for which team to cheer for, so both duos received boos and cheers at different times.
  • Otis embracing his old self and being funny has made Alpha Academy so much better in recent months.
  • Gable dove in for a tag and Priest knocked him out on air was a great spot.
  • Otis had a little trouble hitting The Caterpillar.

Iyo Sky vs. Mia Yim

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    Iyo Sky was in singles action this week when he battled The OC’s Mia Yim. But instead of AJ Styles and The Good Brothers, it was Candice LeRae who stood by him.

    Sky took control early on and began running Yim from corner to corner while dealing damage. The HBIC started to come back and landed a good German suplex, but a quick distraction from Dakota Kai nearly cost him the match.

    LeRae took Kai down, so Sky took her out with a baseball slide. Yim took advantage of her and ended up scoring the win, but Kai immediately jumped on top of her. Poison Pixie helped Yim clear the ring from Damage CTRL to end the segment.

    This was fine, but you could tell they weren’t trying to make this the best match of the night. They were

    Winner: mia yim

    Qualification: C.

    Notable moments and observations

  • It was a little weird that LeRae would come out second and her music would play as Yim made his way to the ring.
  • Sky seemed to realize that he wasn’t going to hit the springboard correctly and immediately aborted it. She and Yim covered it perfectly.

Bronson Reed vs. Akira Tozawa

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    Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair had a quick segment that led to a brawl before Akira Tozawa and Bronson Reed faced off in a singles match.

    Unsurprisingly, this was basically a squash match. Tozawa never stood a chance against Reed on a normal day, let alone when he’s at the beginning of his comeback.

    Despite some movement from the former 205 Live regular, Reed was able to secure the victory with a stir.

    Winner: cane bronson

    Qualification: C-

    Notable moments and observations

  • Reed is a monster. If WWE can’t find a good way to use them, it’s an absolute failure on management’s part.
  • Tozawa’s spinning kicks always look great.

elimination match

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    The main event of the night was a six-man elimination match for a shot at the United States Championship the next week during the 30th anniversary show.

    Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, The Miz, and Dolph Ziggler were all vying for the chance to challenge Austin Theory, who came out to watch from the hallway.

    The Miz ended up being the first man out after Rollins stomped on him. Balor and Corbin worked together for a time to take on Ziggler and Rollins while Lashley recovered outside the ring.

    Matches like this have a lot of moving parts and don’t really follow a familiar pattern, making them much harder to judge than a one-on-one match. The crowd seemed to be in action and the wrestlers were hard at work making it definitely look like a successful main event.

    Ziggler was the second man to be eliminated, and he was followed by Balor and Corbin. This left Rollins and Lashley as the last two men fighting for the opportunity to compete for the belt they both held last year.

    Omos came out of nowhere and tossed Rollins onto the announce table. Lashley seemed confused to see Omos and MVP at ringside, and Theory ended up knocking him down with the US title. Rollins took out Omos and Theory before Lashley speared him for the win.

    Winner: Bobby Lashley

    Qualification: B.

    Notable moments and observations

  • JBL gave Lashley the weakest push when he tried to interfere.
  • The Miz and Ziggler had a huge IC title match a few years back. It was nice to see them mix it up again. They know each other well.
  • The Tower of Doom place should be frozen for a while. We don’t need to see it in every match with three or more competitors.
  • Ziggler’s big dive off the top rope looked good. Corbin and Balor made sure he landed safely as well.
  • The way Theory and Rollins took out Omos was great. I felt like it made sense.

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