Raw Recap For January 7th, 2019

(Segment 1) John Cena Kicks Off Raw: John kicked off hyping up the crowd for this episode and what is to come in the WWE. Cena then entered himself into the Royal Rumble, after he did that Drew McIntyre came out to challenge Cena. A brawl broke out after multiple superstars came out, so a 6 man tag match was made.

(Segment 2) Finn Balor, John Cena, and Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, and Drew McIntyre: This is an easy way for creative to set up a match. 6 man tag matches are not that interesting to me because they are lazy and predictable. Balor, Cena, and Rollins won a good opening match. All of these men will be in the Royal Rumble.

(Segment 3) Hulk Hogan Returns To Raw: Hogan returned to Raw to honor “Mean” Gene Okerlund. They showed a video package for Gene, it was a great tribute. Hulk then cut a promo for Okerlund that was great.

(Segment 4) Chad Gable and Bobby Roode vs The Revival (Raw Tag Title Lumberjack Match): The Revival lost this match, kind of, because one of their feet was on the rope while they were getting pinned. They were made obviously, so it looks like we will be seeing more of these 2 teams in the future, likely at the Rumble. Roode and Gable are safe with their titles for now.

(Segment 5) Baron Corbin vs Elias: Baron Corbin won this match, which no one really expected. This match was kind of boring and had the fans chanting “CM Punk”.

(Segment 6) Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman Face To Face: This is a good segment to have after the boring match before. This was a terrible segment and promo from both sides because Brock barely said anything and Braun looked like he forgot his lines or something. This was a major flop but it got the crowd to wake up.

(Segment 7) Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox vs Apollo Crews and Ember Moon: This is a great way to put the crowd to sleep again with boring Mahal and Fox. I feel bad for great talents like Crews and Moon have to work with them. Apollo and Ember picked up the win.

(Segment 8) Alexa Bliss and Ronda Rousey Segment: Another great way to keep the crowd asleep is a boring segment like this. This lead to Nia and Sasha coming out to fight over who has the next title shot. So Sasha said she will face Nia right now and the winner of that will face Ronda at the Rumble for the title.

(Segment 9) Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks: So the winner of this match faces Ronda at the Royal Rumble for the Raw Women’s Title. Sasha won and will face Ronda at the Rumble.

(Segment 10) Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rolins (IC Title Falls Count Anywhere Match): Dean Ambrose retained his title in an underwhelming match.