WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 11, 2021) from the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: They originally advertised a Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton non-title match but that was changed when the company announced the WWE champion has COVID-19. Now, he’s being advertised as “making his first comments since testing positive.” It’s unclear where this leaves Randy Orton, Goldberg, or the Royal Rumble. Plus, more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 11
How can we know what we are if we don’t know what we’re not? How can we know what we’re not if we know that we’re everything and nothing? Oh God, I’m here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for these folks.
The show opens with a recap of last week’s show focused on the various legends’ appearances and Randy Orton business.
Triple H makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring and on the mic and soaks in the adoration of the ThunderDome crowd before welcoming us to the show. He starts saying it’s a very difficult time—
Enter Randy Orton.
He gets on the mic and says he was supposed to have a very big match tonight, and HHH tells him he’s not having the match tonight. Orton says he’s aware but since Hunter is here he figures he’s here to make an official ruling, so what’s it gonna be? HHH says if he wants the WWE Championship he should go win the Royal Rumble. Randy says the only reason he could possibly be here is to make a call, so what is it?
Mr. H’s asks if he’s really gonna sit here and flex his muscles, but it’s been really impressive watching Orton over the last year. He’s seen the old Randy step back into the dance, in awe. A lot of folks think the Viper crossed lines and went too far, but not HHH. He watched him light the match and think about it, knowing that everything he wanted was on the other side of the flame.
Since he’s all dressed up and here in Tampa, he figured he might as well address the things Randy’s done that he doesn’t understand. Punting legends, threatening them and humiliating them in front of the world… there’s no benefit for Orton in that, and that made Hunter look at him differently, took the pride away, and cemented that Randy Orton is nothing but a no good prick.
Orton says he can think what he wants, but he’s in his prime and a legend in his own time, just like HHH once was. Matter of fact, what do you say— is the Cerebral Assassin still in there? The Game? The King of Kings? Maybe it’s time to take the legend of Triple H out once and for good. He doesn’t even want a match, but a good old-fashioned fight.
They go face-to-face and HHH says he’s smart enough to know that when someone wants someone to do something, you don’t do it unless there’s something in it for you, and there’s no benefit to fighting Orton, so that’s a no. Randy asks if it isn’t just that Stephanie McMahon isn’t here tonight and HHH can’t get his balls out of her purse.
That gets Hunter to deck him, and Randy retreats, licking his wounds and saying that must mean he accepts.
Commentary isn’t so sure, and instead we get a recap of last week’s women’s tag team debacle with Ric Flair tripping his daughter Charlotte and costing her the match.
Charlotte is interviewed backstage.
She says Lacey Evans wasn’t the first woman to hit on her dad in front of her, but her dad is her dad and family comes first. She says Ric understands it was the heat of the moment, and further, she’s about to have a match, why are you asking about her dad? She’s gonna show Lacey how to act like a woman.
Evans is interviewed backstage and says Charlotte needs to calm down and realize that she didn’t flirt with anyone that didn’t want to be flirted with, and she ends up blowing a kiss to Ric after singing his praises and dedicating the match to hi.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre calls in to explain his absence.
He says he tested positive for COVID-19 but fortunately he’s asymptomatic, and he cuts a PSA reminding everyone to wear a mask and socially distance themselves.