Monday Night Raw Recap – January 15, 2024

The Judgment Day’s Clubhouse

Finn Bálor, “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, JD McDonagh, and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley are backstage watching the Nia Jax video. Ripley walks off and says she has to address her division. Damian Priest walks in, and Ripley stares at him before leaving. Bálor asks where Priest has been. Priest says he’s the only one who has an issue with Drew McIntyre running his mouth, so he addressed it with Adam Pearce. JD McDonagh asks when they can beat up R-Truth. Priest tells McDonagh to worry less about R-Truth and worry about not letting what happened tonight happen again. Bálor asks if he’s really defending R-Truth. Priest says that R-Truth earns for the crew. They should go get their cut, but McDonagh shouldn’t count on one. Priest says he and Bálor have serious business and need to focus on their match.

We see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walking backstage. She will address the Women’s Division next.

Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley addresses the Women’s Division


Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her entrance. She looks extremely serious as she heads to the ring. A LOUD “Mami” chant picks up. Ripley looks unimpressed. Ripley says she is so sick and tired of people like Nia Jax running their mouths and claiming that this is their division. This is Rhea Ripley’s division. That’s why this is her championship. The crowd gives her a great ovation. Ripley warns whoever wins the Royal Rumble Match. If they decide to waste their WrestleMania, then she advises them to choose her. If they don’t want to waste that opportunity, they can choose someone else. It’ll end up like last year because Mami is always on top.

Becky Lynch’s music hits! The crowd is absolutely buzzing as Mami and The Man stand in the ring. Lynch says, “So here we stand… two very different people with two very similar journies.” They’re two women from foreign lands who came here to be the very best to ever do it. Both spent years meandering and being afterthoughts at WrestleMania to being the face of the industry at the next one. There’s a difference: one of them went to win the Main Event of WrestleMania. The other did not. There’s another difference. One of them has a natural ability in the ring and finesse that is unmatched with the strength of a bear. The other has a relentlessness and determination that is unmatched. They’re the two very best to do it. There’s this thought and voice in Lynch’s head that keeps her awake. It’s saying to her that Ripley might be better than Lynch. Lynch needs to prove that Ripley is not. To do that, she needs to take that title from her. To do that, she needs to win the Royal Rumble. Lynch needs to point to the sign. She needs to declare at WrestleMania it will be Mami versus The Man.

Ripley says only one person wants Lynch to win the Royal Rumble more than Lynch, and that is Rhea Ripley. Ripley says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania.” Ripley walks off.