WWE Raw January 22 2024 provides a lot of really good storytelling. Two matches kept this show from getting a lower score for the matches category, those matches being Ivar Vs Gable and the main event. The show structure also had a weird flow throughout the show. What I want to give props to them is managing to provide a lot of built towards the Royal Rumble and Next Week’s Raw. We have teases with Seth and Gunther, Punk and Cody developing issues with each other and Drew McIntyre has momentum leading into Saturday. Becky and Nia feel like credible threats for the Royal Rumble while Bayley is going to have a tough time if she does want to win. The other end of the spectrum is being next weeks Raw. Gunther Vs Kofi Kingston, Bronson Reed and Jey Uso, DIY Vs Judgment Day all being confirmed. We have the women's tag division feeling a little unpredictable which is fun while tensions were created with everything done on this show.
WWE Raw January 22 2024 is the final Raw before the Royal Rumble. Seth Rollins addresses his road to Wrestlemania with an injury scare. Cody Rhodes and CM Punk have a face to face for the first time in a WWE Ring in over a decade. Drew McIntyre faces Damian Priest after weeks of Drew blaming Damian on his championship status being null. And The Miz faces Dominik Mysterio while the Rumble is always previewed by the Numbers.
AMAZING Seth Rollins Promo: WWE Raw January 22 2024 Opening Promo
Seth talks about uncertainty with his injury. Revealing that it was a grade 2 tear for his MCL, and a partially torn meniscus. He says that he might have been a liar when he said that every match makes him better. Before he fully states what is next, Gunther shows up with Imperium. Gunther spends the promo talking a lot about his respect for Seth. Claiming that both of them are being viewed as workhorse champions. That both are carrying their championships with honor. Gunther tries to say that because of his respect for Rollins, that he has sympathy for Seth since he might miss Mania. Seth then reveals that regardless of his knee he is going to make it to Wrestlemania. Gunther continues to say that Seth is doing what he would do as a fighting champion. He then sends a message of intent to win the Royal Rumble and challenge Seth Rollins. And when the match would happen, he would target Seth’s knee and Seth’s back. Rollins then tells Gunther to remind himself who he is coming after.
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
GOOD Imperium Vs New Day: WWE Raw January 22 2024 First Match
Imperium and New Day have turned Vinci’s injury into a work, into a storytelling. I have an issue with Raw having a lot of these countdowns because they have to nail the post match stuff. The New Day and Imperium did in this one. They brawled through the crowd before all four men get put through tables off of a platform. The crowd was firmly invested in the post match angle but that is separate from the match itself, so it does not affect the rating given.
Results: Nobody by Draw via Double Count Out
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
SQUASH Valhalla Vs Ivy Nile with Maxxine Dupri:
There is some clunky stuff in the match, but Ivy gets the win with a Bulldog off the top rope. It’s a good finisher.
Results: Ivy Nile by Pinfall via Avalanche Bulldog
GOOD Nia Jax, Becky Lynch and Bayley Promo:
Nia Jax mentions last week’s interaction between Becky and Rhea and that on her first time meeting both of them, she squashed both Rhea and Becky. Shortly after Becky Lynch storms out and continues to talk about how she is ready to overcome Nia in the rumble. Claiming that there are a lot more women in the back that would target Nia. Becky wants to see Nia lose in the Rumble. Bayley then surprisingly shows up before claiming she is going to win the rumble. A Brawl takes place that sees Becky hitting a great looking man handle slam on Bayley before Nia tosses Becky over the top rope.
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 3.25 Stars
GOOD Dominik Mysterio Vs The Miz:
A match that revolves around the storytelling. We have Dominik with Finn and JD in his corner. Finn needing to be aggressive for Rhea. Its an average match that has a great crowd, and The Miz doing good Babyface stuff.
Results: Dominik Mysterio by Pinfall via Frog Splash
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
AMAZING Ivar Vs Chad Gable:
Chad Gable is so amazing in the ring. Gable is over, and has the crowd behind him. He is a technical wizard, a freak athlete with his strength and has agility moves as well. Chad and Ivar have amazing chemistry. The crowd was very much into this by the end of it but the finish fell flat. We had Ivar and Chad cooking in the ring a very entertaining singles match but Valhalla showed up and helped Ivar.
Results: Ivar by Pinfall via Doomsault
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 4.00 Stars
PERFECT CM Punk and Cody Rhodes face to face:
History at its finest, we have CM Punk and Cody Rhodes telling their stories. Both men tell how their careers have affected each others. Not only does this perfectly build the Rumble as these are two top contenders, but also show that a feud with them will be a classic. There are too many amazing things I can say about this promo.
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 5.00 Stars
ABOVE AVERAGE Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark Vs Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell:
Fine tag match, both teams got their moves. I thought the finish was clean with Shayna having the Kirifuda Clutch in before it transitioned into the Z360 by Stark. Nothing tremendous to say about this but it was good for what it needed to do and that was to be between the main event and the Punk Cody face to face.
Results: Zoey Stark by Pinfall via Shayna’s Kirifuda Rolled Into the Z360 on Candice LeRae.
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 2.50 Stars
GREAT Drew McIntyre Vs Damian Priest: WWE Raw January 22 2024 Main Event
Damian Priest is able to effectively work on Drew’s ribs with the Broken Arrows that were hit. There are solid sequences and counters between both big men. Not a Bronson, Ivar or Gunther type of Hoss fight since Drew and Damian are more athletic. Everything looked fine. I found an issue with Truth showing up again despite being told Damian was serious about the Main Event. Drew gets the win because of Truth’s presence messing with Priest.
Results: Drew McIntyre by Pinfall via Claymore
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 3.50 Stars
WWE Raw January 22 2024 Overall Summary…
WWE Raw January 22 2024 provides a lot of really good storytelling. Two matches kept this show from getting a lower score for the matches category, those matches being Ivar Vs Gable and the main event. The show structure also had a weird flow throughout the show. What I want to give props to them is managing to provide a lot of built towards the Royal Rumble and Next Week’s Raw. We have teases with Seth and Gunther, Punk and Cody developing issues with each other and Drew McIntyre has momentum leading into Saturday. Becky and Nia feel like credible threats for the Royal Rumble while Bayley is going to have a tough time if she does want to win. The other end of the spectrum is being next weeks Raw. Gunther Vs Kofi Kingston, Bronson Reed and Jey Uso, DIY Vs Judgment Day all being confirmed. We have the women’s tag division feeling a little unpredictable which is fun while tensions were created with everything done on this show.
Matches: 0.50/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.50/1 Stars
Atmosphere…: 0.75/1 Stars
Storytelling: 1/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 0.75/1 Stars
Overall Rating. 3.50/5 Stars
Photo Credit: WWE – Jan 22 2023
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