WWE Raw Results (01/09) - We Hear From Alexa Bliss And Austin Theory, Tag Team Turmoil Match, And More

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.'s results for "WWE Raw" on January 9, 2023, coming to you live from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama!

Alexa Bliss earned herself an opportunity at the "Raw" Women's Championship after winning a pair of matches a few weeks ago and the match came to fruition last week when she took on titleholder Bianca Belair. However, the match ultimately ended with a disqualification after a pair of individuals in Uncle Howdy masks and a glitch with the Titan Tron caused some sort of reaction in Bliss and subsequently led to her launching a vicious attack on both Belair and the referee. Belair was stretchered out of the arena after Bliss sent her into the ring post and delivered a DDT to her on the ring steps. Tonight, she will be explaining her actions and explaining what led her to do what she did. Bliss and Belair were friends throughout the summer, but their alliance was instantaneously stopped after Bliss hit Belair with a vase during a backstage interview a couple of weeks ago. What will Bliss have to say?

United States Champion Austin Theory will be laying out what's next for him tonight following his successful title defense last week against Seth "Freakin" Rollins. The match between the pair came to a close after Theory hit Rollins with a low-blow while the referee was distracted and followed it up with A-Town Down. Rollins has been out for vengeance since Theory dethroned him as titleholder at "Survivor Series: WarGames" and the pair have come to blows on multiple occasions. What does Theory have in mind for 2023?

Additionally, Rollins, Damage CTRL leader Bayley, and "The All Mighty" Bobby Lashley will be appearing on tonight's show, as per WWE's event page.

We are live! Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick greet audiences at home as Kevin Owens heads to the ring.

We Hear From Kevin Owens

Owens looks to address Roman Reigns ahead of their Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match, but JBL's music hits and he cuts him off. JBL rags on Alabama, then says no one believes he can actually beat Roman Reigns. He then introduces fans to Baron Corbin and reminds Owens that he's the only person to have a pinfall victory over Reigns.

Corbin then heads down with a mic in hand. He then reiterates JBL's point regarding his inability to beat Reigns and says if he's in the Royal Rumble, he will go on to win the entire event and main event "WrestleMania 39" with Reigns all the while Owens buries his face into the top turnbuckle JBL tells him to listen up and show respect, and Owens says he missed most of what they were saying because they weren't saying anything relevant. Owens says he's in the mood for a fight and challenges Corbin to a match. JBL accepts the match on Corbin's behalf.

Kevin Owens vs. Baron Corbin

The bell rings and Corbin wastes no time. He delivers a series of right hands and stomps, then whips Owens into the corner. Owens fires off right hands, but Corbin sends him into the corner. He delivers a right hand to his midsection, but Owens manages to send him into the ring post. He follows it up with a pair of lariats and a senton, but Corbin rolls out of the ring. Owens follows him out there and sends his head into the announce desk before Corbin chokeslams him on the apron.

Back from the break, Owens delivers a cannonball to Corbin in the corner. He ascends to the top, but Corbin meets him there. Owens pushes him off and delivers a Swanton Bomb, then goes for a pin but Corbin kicks out. Owens looks for a Stunner, but Corbin blocks it. Owens manages to deliver a superkick. Corbin fires back with a DDT, but Owens delivers a series of forearms. Corbin plants him with Deep Six, then goes for a pin but Owens kicks out. Corbin delivers a right hand before Owens manages to pull out a Stunner for the win.

Winner: Kevin Owens

After the match, The Usos launch a surprise attack on Owens, but Owens fights them off. Solo Sikoa runs in and delivers a right hand, allowing The Usos to recover. The trio then beat down Owens and send him into the barricade. They grab a chair, but Owens fights back and eventually manages to grab it and beats them down with it, causing the trio to retreat. Sikoa looks to go another round with Owens, but The Usos, Adam Pearce and other officials prevent him from doing so.

Back from the break, Adam Pearce approaches The Usos and Sikoa. He informs them there will be a Tag Team Turmoil match later tonight to determine their next number one contenders for the "Raw" Tag Team Championship, then informs Sikoa he has a match later against Dolph Ziggler and tells him he has dealt with Owens. He then has The Usos escorted out.

We then head to a video of Alexa Bliss' attack on Bianca Belair last week.

We Hear From Alexa Bliss

Bliss appears on the announce desk and says Belair was smart to hide because she's afraid of her. She calls herself "the face of evil" and says she doesn't feel bad about what she did because she hasn't felt this good in a long time. She says she is finally in charge and says she's not afraid to tear more scars into Belair's face.

Uncle Howdy's logo then appears and we get a video from him. She asks Bliss if she feels in charge, then heads to the ring. He laughs while staring her down.

Back from the break, Damage CTRL heads to the ring, followed by Michin. Bayley grabs a mic before the bell rings and addresses Becky Lynch. She says she doesn't know if Lynch is jealous of Damage CTRL's bond, but she's not there tonight because she can't stand the fact she lost to her. She gives Dakota Kai and IYO SKY the night off, then tells Lynch to watch what she does to Michin.

Bayley vs. Michin

The bell rings and Bayley rains down right hands as Kai and SKY leave ringside. Michin then delivers a swinging neckbreaker and returns the favor, then delivers a dropkick and sends her to the outside. She delivers a running kick off the apron.

Back from the break, Bayley delivers a suplex to Michin on the outside. She tosses her back in the ring, then goes for a pin. Michin kicks out and sends Bayley to the outside, then hits a tope suicida. She gets her back in, then delivers a series of kicks, followed by a Pele Kick and a German suplex. Michin looks for a cannonball, but Bayley ducks out of the way. She manages to deliver a roundhouse kick to Bayley's head, but Bayley manages to roll her up (while she has her feet on the ropes) for the win.

Winner: Bayley

We then head backstage to Candice LeRae and Cathy Kelley. Kelley asks for an update on Johnny Gargano's injury, and LeRae says he should be back at 100% injury soon. Kelley asks LeRae what's next for her and she says the Royal Rumble is on her mind. Rhea Ripley walks in and tells her she's delusional if she thinks she'll win the match. LeRae tells Ripley she has just as good of a chance as her, then tells her they don't have to wait until the Rumble. Ripley accepts her challenge.

Back from the break, Austin Theory heads to the ring. 

We Hear From Austin Theory

Theory says "the champ is here", then says fans have to accept that "the now is forever." He then taunts Seth "Freakin" Rollins for being absent, then says Rollins limped away from the ring because his knee couldn't hold up. He says Rollins was outclassed, outshined and taken to school by him last week.

Rollins' music hits and he heads to the ring on crutches. He then grabs one of the crutches and plays air guitar on it before grabbing a mic as fans sing his song. Theory says as much as fans want to sing his song, it doesn't change the fact that he beat him last week. He says if Rollins is the mountaintop, then he is the pinnacle of the wrestling industry and he's on to bigger and better things (such as winning the Royal Rumble).

Rollins asks Theory is he's done, then says while his knee isn't at 100% yet, it will be in time for him to win the Royal Rumble and main event "WrestleMania 39". Rollins tells him he'll see him at the Rumble, then looks to head to the back, but Bobby Lashley's music hits and he heads to the ring.

Theory tells him not to get in the ring, but Lashley doesn't listen. Theory grabs one of Rollins' crutches and looks to hit Lashley, but he misses and Lashley catches him with a spear. He tosses him over the top rope, then picks up a mic and says it doesn't matter who's in the Rumble because he's back. He says he can't wait to manhandle every Superstar in the Rumble.

Back from the break, Rhea Ripley heads to the ring followed by Candice LeRae.

Rhea Ripley vs. Candice LeRae

The bell rings and Ripley shoves LeRae. LeRae responds with a series of right hands, then rolls Ripley up. Ripley kicks out and LeRae delivers a knee to her face before Ripley plants her face first. She delivers a kick to LeRae's spine, then sends her face first into the top turnbuckle. She whips her into the opposite corner, then delivers several shoulders to her midsection and fires off a right hand. Ripley tosses LeRae across the ring twice, then delivers a few more shoulders to her midsection and sits her on the top turnbuckle. She joins her up there and looks for a superplex, but LeRae slips out and delivers a German suplex. Ripley looks for a boot, but LeRae low-bridges Ripley out of the ring and delivers a dropkick through the middle rope. She looks to go flying, but Ripley catches her and whips her into the barricade. She tosses her back into the ring, then plants her with Riptide for the win.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

We then head backstage to Byron Saxton and Bobby Lashley. He asks him if he plans to enter the Royal Rumble, but MVP walks in and says they have some business to attend to. Saxton walks away and MVP says he's trying to mend fences. He says he wants to get back to doing what they do best and tells him he got Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander to realize the mistakes they made ahead of the Tag Team Turmoil match later tonight. Lashley says that he won't forget what went down, and while they're good, he's not ready to reunite the Hurt Business. MVP says that's cool and tells him his number hasn't changed if he ever wants to talk.

Back from the break, we head to a video of Cody Rhodes reflecting on his return to WWE and his pectoral injury.

We then head backstage to Dolph Ziggler and Cathy Kelley. Kelley asks how Ziggler feels going into his match with Solo Sikoa and Ziggler says he's out for revenge. Mustafa Ali walks in and asks him why he declined a spot in the tag team turmoil match later tonight in which they would have teamed together. Ali asks him why he cost him another opportunity following his interference during his United States Championship match a few weeks back. Ziggler apologizes and says it isn't personal, then walks off.

Back from the break, we head to a video hyping up Bronson Reed. We then head backstage to Byron Saxton and Reed. Saxton asks Reed why he decided to help The Miz, but before he can answer, Miz walks in and says they have each other's back. He says if you mess with Miz, then you mess with Reed. Miz invites Reed to "MizTV", but Reed declines and says they are not a team.

Back at ringside, Solo Sikoa heads down followed by Dolph Ziggler.

Solo Sikoa vs. Dolph Ziggler

The bell rings and Ziggler wastes no time. He fires off right hands, but Sikoa delivers a vicious shoulder tackle that wipes him out. He sends his face bouncing off the top rope, then locks in a Sleeper. Sikoa gets Ziggler off his back, then delivers a vicious lariat. He delivers a series of stomps, then follows it up with a headbutt. Ziggler fires off more right hands, followed by a dropkick. He charges at Sikoa, but Sikoa catches him and tosses him to the outside.

Back from the break, Sikoa delivers a hip attack to Ziggler. He follows it up with a pair of headbutts, then follows it up with a Samoan Drop. Ziggler delivers a superkick and sends Sikoa into the ring post face first, then delivers a DDT. He fires off several right hands, but Sikoa manages to get Ziggler up on his shoulders. Ziggler escapes and delivers Zig Zag, then goes for a pin but Sikoa kicks out. Sikoa then manages to hit the Samoan Spike for the win.

Winner: Solo Sikoa

The Usos then join their younger brother in celebrating his win.

We then head to a video of Dominik Mysterio being arrested on Christmas Eve and his video from prison last week.

Back from the break, Cathy Kelley stands by with Bayley backstage. She asks if she feels her victory sent a message to Becky Lynch and she says she feels like she did. Michin walks in and calls her a fraud. Bayley says as a role model, she's proud of Michin for stepping up, but unlike Lynch she's not afraid to ask for help. She then asks Dakota Kai and IYO SKY to help her attack Michin, and they oblige, leaving her layed out.

Back at ringside, The Miz heads down.

The Miz Hosts Dominik Mysterio on Miz TV

Miz welcomes fans to "MizTV", then says he's outdone himself tonight. He lists the most famous superstars he's had on his show, then introduces Dominik Mysterio.

Mysterio's music hits and Judgment Day heads down. Miz thanks Mysterio for coming on his show and Mysterio says he learned that you always roll with your crew in prison. Miz asks what the inside of prison is like, and Mysterio says "snitches get stitches." Miz says everyone wants to know what happened on the inside, and Mysterio says it's either pushed or be pushed. He says he did a lot of thinking and if he was ever going to see Ripley again, he had to do what he needed to. He says you have to grab life by the balls "like Maryse does to him." Mysterio then recounts his experience with his cellmate.

Miz says sources have told him he was only in prison for a few hours and Damian Priest asks him what he just said. Judgment Day stares him down and Miz retracts his statement. Priest says he and Finn Balor will win tag team turmoil later tonight.

The O.C.'s music hits and they head to the ring to kick off tag team turmoil.

Tag Team Turmoil Raw Tag Team Championship Number One Contenders Match

Priest and Anderson begin the action. The bell rings and the two lock up. They exchange offensive moves before Anderson delivers a dropkick and tags in Gallows. Gallows and Anderson deliver a double shoulder tackle before Gallows delivers a series of hammer and anvil elbows. Anderson tags back in and delivers a chop. Gallows tags in and whips Balor into the corner, but Balor fires back with a kick to his spine and tags in Priest.

Gallows delivers a boot to Priest's midsection, then whips him into the corner and delivers a splash. Priest delivers a right hand, but Gallows delivers a big boot. Balor tags in and targets Gallows' knee, then tags Priest back in. Priest fires off several kicks, then delivers a jumping knee strike. Gallows manages to deliver a suplex, then tags in Anderson. Anderson delivers a series of chops and uppercuts, then hits a step-up enziguri. The two men spill to the outside before Priest sends Anderson into the ring steps.

Back from the break, Gallows tags in and plants Balor. Anderson tags in and the pair look for a double team move, but Dominik trips Anderson, allowing Balor to roll him up.

Eliminated: The O.C.

Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin are the next team to enter. Alexander goes straight after Balor and delivers a tope suicida. The bell rings and he delivers a forearm. Benjamin tags in and delivers a suplex. Balor fires off right hands, but Alexander manages to deliver a clothesline to the back of his neck. Benjamin tags in and delivers an enziguri. Priest tags in and delivers a German suplex, then follows it up with a running knee. Alexander tags in and the pair deliver some double team offense. Alexander then fires off a series of elbows and a springboard roundhouse kick to Priest's head. Priest delivers a vicious right hand, but Alexander delivers a dropkick. Balor makes the blind tag as Priest delivers South From Heaven, then delivers the Coup De Grace for the win.

Eliminated: Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander

Alpha Academy are next up and head down to the ring.

Back from the break, Priest delivers a vertical suplex to Gable. Priest whips Gable into the corner, then delivers a back elbow and a snapmare. Balor tags in and delivers a backbreaker before Priest delivers a leg drop. Priest tosses Gable to the outside, allowing Balor to deliver a chop and whip him into the ring apron. He hits a few shoulders to Gable's midsection, then gets him back in the ring and beats him down. Gable delivers a side suplex, then tags in Otis. Otis delivers a bodyslam and a splash in the corner, then delivers the Caterpillar and an elbow drop. He delivers a Vader Bomb, but Balor grabs Gable and Otis lands on him instead. Priest then delivers a lariat for the win.

Eliminated: Alpha Academy

Adam Pearce and medical personnel check on Balor on the outside after he took the Vader Bomb. Pearce wants to medically disqualify Balor, but Priest insists that he doesn't. Mysterio tells him to get up as Pearce tells them that they either forfeit the match or Mysterio takes Balor's place. Judgment Day agrees and Mysterio replaces Balor as Street Profits head to the ring as the next entrants.

Back from another break, Dawkins delivers several stomps to Mysterio and tags in Ford. Ford drops Mysterio, then delivers several stomps of his own. He hits an overhand drop, then tags Dawkins back in. Dawkins delivers a chop, then tags in Ford. Ford delivers a right hand to Mysterio's back, then tags in Dawkins. Dawkins whips Mysterio into the corner, but Mysterio delivers a series of stomps and right hands. Ford tags in and beats down Mysterio before Dawkins tags in and tosses him across the ring.

Priest and Ford tag in. Priest delivers a knee to Ford's midsection, then delivers a series of right hands and stomps. He whips him into the corner, then delivers a forearm. Ford delivers a back elbow and a chop, then tosses Priest to the outside. Mysterio lures him out of the ring, allowing Priest to surprise him and launch him across the announce desk. Dawkins then goes flying and takes him out.

Back from another break, Mysterio tags in and delivers a right hand to Dawkins' midsection. Dawkins fires off several right hands, but Priest tags in and delivers a right hand to Dawkins' head. He follows it up with a bodyslam, then tags in Mysterio. Mysterio sets Dawkins up for the 619, but Dawkins delivers a back elbow to him before he can execute it.

Ford tags in and delivers a crossbody off the top rope, followed by a superkick, a knee, an enziguri, and a side suplex. He delivers a standing moonsault, then goes for a pin but Mysterio kicks out. Priest tags in and delivers a superkick, followed by a big lariat. Dawkins delivers a right hand, then tags in Ford. Mysterio tags in and Ford takes Priest out. He then delivers a 450 Splash, then goes for a pin. Priest drags him out of the ring to break the fall before Ford sends him into the ring steps. Mysterio takes advantage and rolls up Ford (with his feet on the ropes with Ripley's help) for the win.

Eliminated: Street Profits

Winners (and new number one contenders): Judgment Day

After the match, The Usos head down and stare down Judgment Day.