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WWE Raw results and grades: Triple H’s sledgehammer set on fire as Alexa Bliss torches Randy Orton

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WWE superstars Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton on Raw
Little Miss Bliss got some revenge (Photo: WWE)

Hours before Raw went on air, WWE revealed Triple H would be opening the show – and it was a matter of seconds before he was interrupted by Randy Orton.

Reflecting on Drew McIntyre’s positive Covid-19 test, the Viper insisted he should have the WWE Title handed to him, but The Game encouraged him to win the Royal Rumble and earn his shot that way.

Triple H was full of praise for Orton – including putting his own career first by lighting The Fiend on fire – but he had an issue with the Legend Killer’s treatment of those who came before him.

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The Apex Predator laid down a challenge for his mentor to face him in the main event, which Trips snubbed before smacking him in the face.

Later in the night, Triple H spoke backstage and insisted he was there in a business capacity – which remains unknown – but he accepts the challenge.

That set the scene for our final match, a Street Fight between two of the best of all time – but no one could have expected where this went.

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The brawl started strong with the long-time rivals and former Evolution teammates scrapping around the ringside area before Triple H brought his trusty sledgehammer out.

The screens started to go out teasing the arrival of The Fiend, but instead The Game suddenly lifted the weapon to find out on fire – and he looked as confused as the rest of us.

The lights fully dropped, and when they came back on the NXT boss was nowhere to be scene.

Distorted Firefly Fun House music hit as Alexa Bliss appeared in the corner staring a hole through Orton, who turned and stared back.

She shot a fireball at him, leaving him holding his eye and in serious pain as the show went off.

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Charlotte Flair insisted there is no issue with her father Ric, before taking on Lacey Evans after she flirted with the Nature Boy last week.

The match was decent enough, and ended on an interesting note as Ric put Lacey’s foot on the bottom rope, before tripping his daughter during a suplex and holding her feet to stop her kicking out as the former US Marine picked up the win.

Elias distracted Jeff Hardy and cost him in his match with Jaxson Ryker, before the Charismatic Enigma challenged him to a match, and goaded him into stopping his follower from interfering.

Jeff picked up the win this time, after Ryker followed orders and did nothing to help.

Elsewhere, Sheamus and Keith Lee put their differences aside to take on The Miz and John Morrison in a fantastic tag team bout with some slick moves and a great moment where the top rope broke.

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Bizarrely, when we returned from an ad break the winners were shoving each other, leading to Sheamus and Lee facing off in a stiff bout, which the latter won with the Spirit Bomb.

The two partners/opponents hugged after the bell – suggesting a run in the tag ranks could still be on the cards.

Throughout the night, fans also heard from Drew McIntyre after news he had tested positive for Covid-19, as the WWE Champion revealed he is asymptomatic and will still face Goldberg at the Royal Rumble.

Kofi Kingston – out with a broken jaw – wasn’t on the show, which meant Xavier Woods was on his own against Retribution’s T-Bar, who won in a good match after a distraction from Mustafa Ali.

It was certainly more competitive than Riddle match with Bobby Lashley, who absolutely mauled him and retained the US Title with the Hurt Lock.

The Original Bro called out MVP and challenged him immediately after, but the champ got involved and hit the Spear for a DQ.

In one of a number of questionable moments last night, Drew Gulak wasn’t allowed to declare himself for the Rumble like everyone else, and Adam Pearce said he needed to beat AJ Styles instead.

That didn’t happen, as the Phenomenal One – with bodyguard Omos at ringside – made relatively short work of his opponent in a match that deserved more time.

Finally, adding insult to injury, Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose declared themselves for the Royal Rumble, only to lose to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler when the latter blindly tagged herself in to get the win for her team.

Quickfire Raw results and grades

  • Lacey Evans pinned Charlotte Flair (C+)
  • Jaxson Ryker beat Jeff Hardy, who then beat Elias (D+)
  • Keith Lee and Sheamus defeated The Miz and John Morrison (B+)
  • Keith Lee pinned Sheamus (B+)
  • T-Bar beat Xavier Woods (B-)
  • US Title: Bobby Lashley (c) destroyed Riddle (B)
  • Riddle defeated MVP via DQ (N/A)
  • AJ Styles pinned Drew Gulak (B-)
  • Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax beat Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke (C+)
  • Street Fight: Triple H and Randy Orton ended in a no contest (A- for whole segment)

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