Check out the preview, matches announced and start time for WWE Monday Night RAW episode of 25 January 2021(1/25/2021), the go-home episode for Royal Rumble 2021 with WWE RAW Women’s Championship match, an opportunity for US Title, and more matches.
Date- 25 January 2021
Location- Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, US
Time- 8 PM EST(26 January 2021 1 AM GMT/6:30 AM IST)
Drew McIntyre & Goldberg Face-off Before Title Match
Back after recovering from COVID-19, Drew McIntyre will defend his WWE Championship against Goldberg. WWE Hall of Famer came to RAW Legends Night and accused McIntyre of disrespecting the WWE Legends. McIntyre, at first, refused to take on Goldberg’s challenge but accepted it next week.
As we go to the go-home show for Royal Rumble, McIntyre and Goldberg will return to RAW to hype their match. Will they also have something to say about Gillberg and the spoof McIntyre that appeared on last week’s Dirt Sheet segment?
Asuka(c) vs Alexa Bliss – WWE RAW Women’s Championship
Last week’s Asuka vs Alexa Bliss clash kind of came out of nowhere. But that match showed us, for the first time, how the Fiend version of Bliss is gonna look like in the ring. The first part of the match was dominated by Asuka, before Bliss started showing no affects of Asuka’s attacks later in the match.
This title match is coming of the courtesy of Bliss pinning the RAW Women’s Champion. Now, the scary thing is how will WWE follow this up? Stripping the title off Asuka and giving it to Bliss will not be a good move. But how will they create a finish when Bliss is shown unstirred from attacks?
Matt Riddle To Run A Gauntlet
Matt Riddle will get another opportunity to earn a United States title shot against Bobby Lashley this week at RAW. For that, he will have to beat Shelton Benjamin,Cedric Alexander( Raw Tag Team Champions), and MVP in a Gauntlet Match.
But question that arise here is that Riddle always had good time against the rest of Hurt Business. It’s Lashley who has trouble him. So, does this match makes sense in the storyline perspective?
Shayna Baszler vs Charlotte Flair
Another match announced for tonight’s RAW is “The Queen” vs “The Queen of Spades.” WWE continues to build Shayna Baszler as a dominant force on the main roster. She will be facing Charlotte Flair this week who has dealt with a loss against Lacey Evans and a win against Peyton Royce in last couple of weeks.
Baszler will have some extra motivation coming into this match as Flair was the one responsible to dethrone her as the tag team champion at TLC. Will she be able to get another win and get some momemtum going before Royal Rumble?
Recap of Last Week’s RAW
- Charlotte Flair defeated Peyton Royce. Royce came out to the ring with Ric Flair and wore his robe.
- MACE defeated Xavier Woods
- Asuka joined Alexa Bliss’ Playground. Bliss declared for Royal Rumble.
- Shayna Baszler defeated Mandy Rose
- AJ Styles defeated Ricochet
- Gillberg and a phony Drew McIntyre appeared in Dirt Sheet with the Miz & John Morrison
- The Hurt Business defeated Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party. Some dissent was shown between Cedric Alexander and the rest of the Hurt Business.
- Jeff Hardy defeated Jaxson Ryker via DQ after Elias interfered in the finish. Ryker was angry at Elias for the interruption.
- Alexa Bliss defeated RAW Women’s Champion Asuka in the main event match.