Raw Results – 1/7/19
Raw Results – 1/7/19
Commentary Team: Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Renee Young
The show opens with a graphic dedicated to the memory of “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
We go backstage where Bobby Lashley is brawling with Seth Rollins as the roster tries to separate them. They brawl clean through into Gorilla and out onto the stage! Rollins knocks Lashley off the stage with a forearm! Referees, medics, and road agents Jamie Noble and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce have joined the fray but they will not be separated!
They get Seth on stage as a “Let them fight!” chant rings out and finally escort both men to the back.
Enter sixteen-time world champion John Cena.
He welcomes us to the show and proclaims the start to the Road to WrestleMania and talks about how that’s why we just had that brawl– at WrestleMania either you step up or you get left out. He knows how that feels and he’ll be damned if he gets left out again this year, so he’s gonna step up right now. Everybody here knows that one the Road to WrestleMania there’s one match that can give any superstar a golden ticket to the main event.
The Royal Rumble, of course. In life nothing is given away or handed to you, you work hard and earn every inch, and he’s going to earn his golden ticket and officially enters himself into the 2019 Royal Rumble.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says he’s waited for this moment for years. Unlike everybody else, he doesn’t care who John shares his bed with or his stupid haircut or what he gets up to. No, what he cares about is his sixteen world championships, his multiple WrestleMania main events, the fact that Vince McMahon himself called Cena the Greatest of All Time. And why? He happens to agree with Vince that Cena is the GOAT.
John asks him what his point is and McIntyre says he’s got a reputation for taking out the greats. Check with the Shield that he single-handedly dismanted, or Dolph Ziggler who he destroyed in a cage last week, or Kurt Angle, who will tell you what Drew’s capable with after he tapped him out to his own ankle lock. McIntyre demands Cena look at him and says he’s the most dangerous man in WWE and he’s come for him!
Cena says he was feeling pretty good to start the show and then this happened and now he’s sad. What’s sad is he’s heard the same thing for every week from every single superstar, so much so that he’d have to leave so they’d shut their mouth and think of a different promo. What makes Drew any different from them? McIntyre says they were all talk and he’ll bloody show him!
Coat off, Drew advances on the ring, John takes his t-shirt off–
Enter Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley, storming the stage, Lio yelling about how Seth has gone crazy, attacking them left and right, and if something isn’t done about Rollins they’ll get a lawyer. He says the show is canceled until somebody does something about Seth… ROLLINS BLINDSIDES THEM! DEAN AMBROSE JOINS THE FRAY! CENA AND MCINTYRE ARE INVOLVED, WE’VE GOT ALL-OUT CHAOS THAT WILL PROBABLY LEAD TO A TAG TEAM MATCH LATER!
ENTER FINN BALOR! SLING BLADE ON DREW AND A LARIAT TO THE FLOOR! OFF THE ROPES… TOPE CON HILO ONTO THE PILE
JOHN CENA, SETH ROLLINS & FINN BALOR VS DREW MCINTYRE, BOBBY LASHLEY & DEAN AMBROSE:
Cena with Ultimate Warrior Shoulder Blocks, Proto-Bomb, Five-Knuckle Shuffle, Attitude Adjustment to Ambrose, but Drew makes a blind tag, Glasgow Kiss, Spinebuster and jumps into a Jackknife pin for a 2 count, Lashley posing then decks Seth, but walks into an AA, Ambrose in with a Sleeper on Cena digs the hooks in, Cena fights out, Balor counters Dirty Deeds with a Standing Double Stomp, up top with the Coup de Grace, McIntyre blasts him with a Claymore Kick right after the impact, Seth with a Leaping Enzugiri on Drew then a Triangle Moonsault on Ambrose & Lariat, he blocks a McIntyre Lariat and turns it into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall, loading up for the kill, Avada Kedavra to the ribs, he looks for The Blackout, but Drew looks to counter into an Inverted Concrete Slam, Cena scoops up Drew for an AA, Avada Kedavra to tLashley, Seth up top, Frog Splash, but McIntyre evades, Ambrose in he looks for Dirty Deeds, Seth with rollup, but rolls through and connects with The Blackout for the win
WINNERS: SETH ROLLINS, FINN BALOR & JOHN CENA
Seth sees Trips up on the tron with Sasha & Bayley, he storms back there and slaps the coffee out of Hunter’s hand, he wants Ambrose & the IC Title, tonight, Trips says he’s got it tonight in a Falls Count Anywhere match & tells Rollins, Welcome back
We get a social media roundup celebrating the legacy of the late great “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
Ring announcer Greg Hamilton then leads a ten bell salute.
Enter Hulk Hogan.
He starts off in promo cadence before getting serious and taking his glasses off. He says he came out wide open and in character because that’s how Mean Gene would have wanted it. Gene loved entertaining everyone in the WWE Universe, more than anything else he did, and Hulk throws to a music video memorial to the greatest backstage interviewer of all time.
Hogan says he was one of a kind and that he speaks for the whole WWE Universe when he tells Mean Gene that we love him. And he’s gotta say that being out in the ring without Gene is, he’s not out here, but he’s in our hearts. He loves and misses him, and a “Thank you Mean Gene!” chant breaks out. Hogan asks the crowd if they want one more, and Hulk busts out one last “Lemme tell you, Mean Gene…” and cuts a promo about how he’s in heaven setting up a tag match featuring a variety of deceased legends and breaking up fights between Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “the Brain” Heenan and also he’s getting swole so he can have his choice of Fabulous Moolah or Mae Young, except Gene doesn’t need to get swole because he can just be with both of them?
Anyway, moving on, he asks what all the Hulkamaniacs in heaven are gonna do when Mean Geneamania runs wild on them
Raw Tag Team Championship
CHAD GABLE & BOBBY ROODE VS THE REVIVAL:
Gable with an O’Connor Roll on Dawson for a 2 count, Moonsault for a 2 count, Roode into a cover on Dash for a 2 count, Dawson with a Gourdbuster on the rope on Gable, Rhyno & Bo send Gable back in, Dawson into a cover for a 2 count, Double R Spinebuster on Dawson for a 2 count, they look for their combo, but Dawson blocks, Roode & Gable with a German Suplex/Blockbuster combo for a near fall, Gable with a Diving Crossbody, but Dawson rolls through and grabs the tights for a near fall, Chaos Theory, Dash with a blind tag, & hits a Splash for a near fall, Dawson & Gable trade flash pins, Dawson with a Small Package, Roode turns it over, Dawson’s foot is on the rope, but the ref doesn’t see it, the Champs retain as Revival once again get shafted by a bad call
WINNERS & STILL RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: CHAD GABLE & BOBBY ROODE
Video on the NXT call-ups on their way to the main roster
Elias is in the ring to play us a song.
He plays a few bars instrumentally before speaking about how he wept when he recalled his 2018, given his level of stardom and how quickly he reached it. He released an album, played Madison Square Garden, and has been all over the world, and that’s all brought him here tonight to Orlando. From there he goes into his usual spiel about walking and says 2018 was nothing compared to what he’s got in store for 2019.
Like how he’s gonna win the Royal Rumble. And as much as he’s enjoyed his own successes, he’s enjoyed the failures of Baron Corbin. Wasn’t so long ago that he was on top of the world, but now look at him, his life’s a joke. He hasn’t forgotten all the times Baron has wronged him and wrote a song about them that he’ll play right now. He starts playing–
Enter Baron Corbin. He says he’s here to help and we all can’t take another mind-numbing performance. He says nobody here knows what it’s like to have a job as respected and high-stress as being general manager of Raw, and after everything he’s done for us he should have our respect and admiration. That’s the problem, we don’t understand so we disrespect him, and as a matter of fact he bets we’d all like him to disappear.
Well that’s not gonna happen, and Corbin’s going to enter the Royal Rumble, win it, and main event WrestleMania. Elias tells him to shut his mouth
ELIAS VS BARON CORBIN:
Corbin with The Dream Crusher for a 2 count, Elias counters a dive with a Jumping Knee, Elias with a beatdown in the corner, Corbin blocks The Halo Bomb, but Elias catches him with a Swinging Neckbreaker for a near fall, Corbin posts Elias then hits End of Days for the win
WINNER: BARON CORBIN
Dean Ambrose cuts a promo.
He says he’s busting his butt to keep his promise to all of us– he never liked six-man tags anyway, they’re unnatural and he’s the only man he can trust. He says he’s our last line of defense against Seth Rollins and says it hurts more than we know that he has to hurt Seth. He’s done what he has to in order to bring balance back to WWE and if Rollins gets the title back it’s game over for WWE.
So whether he has to beat him in the ring, on the announce table, in the parking lot, out getting a hot dog, he’s going to burn Seth Rollins down.
Enter Braun Strowman.
He goes to speak before handing the mic back to a crew member and calls Brock Lesnar out at the top of his lungs!
Paul Heyman appears on the tron, standing next to Brock and delivering his usual introduction. A monster, standing in the ring and looking for a face-to-face confrontation, is that what Strowman’s doing? He knows Braun was brought up in his household as a monster, so he’s going to give him an education. Lots of money has been spent on this face-to-face, but “card subject to change.”
And the change here is for Strowman’s benefit, because if Lesnar came down to the ring to get These Hands, he wouldn’t have an opponent at the Royal Rumble, he’d just have another victim. Let this be a lesson learned, and don’t thank either of them, but hey, you’re welcome. Brock smirks at Braun and chuckles, and Strowman begins.
He calls Lesnar “Beastie boy” and says he’s standing in the ring, waiting for him. Lesnar laughs more and Braun calls him out for hiding behind his advocate, before reminding him that he’s in his ring so why not come down and get in his face. Paul E. asks if that’s the best he’s got, and after a beat, Strowman asks Brock if he ever thinks Heyman’s ass ever gets jealous of all the crap that comes out of his mouth?
All he’s hearing is “blah blah blah, Brock is afraid of Braun, blah blah blah he doesn’t want to get face-to-face with the monster among men”, and he calls Lesnar a coward who should thank Paul for keeping him back there, because if he came down, he wouldn’t make it to the Royal Rumble. Everybody here knows what happens when Lesnar gets These Hands. That turns Brock’s opinion, and he tells Paul he’s gonna go see what he’s got.
Lesnar makes his way to ringside alone, staring Strowman down as he advances. The Beast Incarnate circles the ring and leaves, at which point Braun yells for him to turn around. Brock meets up with a chuckling Heyman and slowly turns, at which point Strowman says at Royal Rumble, he’s gonna win.
Jinder Mahal, the Singh Brothers, and Alicia Fox are in the ring.
Jinder asks Alicia to lead the way as they seek tranquility, and she repeats their mantra several times until Mahal cuts her off and asks somebody in the crowd if they think they’re too good to breathe with Alicia. He heckles a few more people and runs Orlando down
JINDER MAHAL W/THE BOLLYWOOD BOYZ & ALICIA FOX VS APOLLO CREWS & EMBER MOON:
Apollo with a Crossbody for a 2 count, Crucifix Pin for a 2 count, he wipes out Mahal & The Bollywoods with a Slingshot Plancha, Ember finishes Fox with The Eclipse for the win
WINNERS: APOLLO CREWS & EMBER MOON
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance and takes her seat at the set for A Moment of Bliss, which has been set up on the stage rather than the usual spot in the ring.
She thanks Orlando and says she knows they don’t have much going on, but that changes tonight when they’re the site of the premiere episode of her show. She gets coffee from a crew member before rolling footage of her guest, Ronda Rousey’s last year in video recap form.
Ronda makes her entrance and denies the handshake before taking her seat. She says this year has been extraordinary but she wants to look forward and not back, and she wants to be a champion we can all be proud of, so she has to chase after her limits with a vengeance. There’s one woman who’s pushed everyone to their limits, a woman with more athleticism than Charlotte Flair, a more harrowing story than Becky Lynch, a woman who is this business, the real Rocky Balboa of the women’s division, the unsung hero of Monday Night Raw, Sasha Banks.
Bliss is skeptical and says she thought Rousey was talking abut her. The sound of someone dry heaving comes over the PA and Nia Jax comes out (the most terrifying sight on Raw, Nia Jax with a microphone) asking if they should all leave so Ronda and Sasha can have a moonlit dinner. (That sounds nice, actually…) She knows Ronda wants to forget about her but they have unfinished business, and TLC was a fluke.
If Seth Rollins is getting a rematch, she deserves one too, so when’s she getting it?
Enter Sasha Banks. She says she’s beyond honored for the kind words and she’d love to face Ronda for the Raw Women’s Championship. It’d be her pleasure to teach Rousey how to lose with dignity and class. This riles Nia up and she says there’s a three-hundred-pound Samoan standing in front of her who could break her face, so get to the back of the line.
Banks questions the existence of the line and challenges her to a match for the #1 contendership right now! The Boss heads to the ring and Jax begs off, saying she’s not ready yet
SAHSA BANKS W/BAYLEY VS NIA JAX W/TAMINA:
Sasha with a Running Dropkick for a 2 count, Front Guillotine Choke, but Jax turns it into a Vertical Suplex, Nia sends Sasha to the floor with a Running Knee, Bayley attacks Tamina before she could go after Banks, Tamina posts Bayley, Jax with a Gorilla Press on an anvil case, Sasha back in before the 10 count, Jax with a Sit-Out Powerbomb for a near fall, Sasha with a Basement Meteora for a near fall, Running Knee for a near fall, Diving Meteora for a near fall, Bank Statement, but Nia powers her up, Sunset Flip, Jax blocks and hits for the punch, Jax with a Samoan Drop, but Sasha gets her foot on the rope, Avalanche Samoan Drop blocked, Samoan Drop dropping Sasha right on the turnbuckle, but only a near fall, Nia with a Headbutt, Sasha avoids The Exclamation Point & an Avalanche, Tamina tries a cheap shot, but Bayley throws her into the barricade, Sasha avoids another Avalanche on the apron & Nia hits the post, Sasha with a Frankensteiner on the apron driving Jax head into the apron, Sasha lands on the floor, back in & locks in The Bank Statement and Jax taps out, Sasha gets the title shot against Ronda at the Rumble
WINNER: SASHA BANKS
DEAN AMBROSE VS SETH ROLLINS:
Seth with a Tope Suicida then a rollup for a 2 count, they go backstage, Rollins sends Dean into a ladder, Ambrose ducks a snow shovel shot, Seth looked to crush Ambrose with scaffolding, but Dean avoids it, they fight on road cases, Seth was looking for a Buckle Bomb into the wall, but Dean takes him down for a 2 count, Ambrose tosses a ladder into Seth for a 2 count, they’re fighting in the crowd, Seth with a Crossbody off the guardrail for a 2 count, Seth with a pair of straight right hands as they head back to ringside, Ambrose grabs a chair and wears out Rollins with a chairshot to the back for a 2 count, Dean is pulling up the mats, Dean with a rapid-fire rights, Dirty Deeds countered with a Backdrop on the concrete floor, Seth sends Dean back into the ring, Ambrose with a thumb to the eye, up top, Seth meets him Superplex/Bucklebomb combo, Avada Kedavra, Blackout connects, but Lashley drags Seth to the floor & hits a pair of Spinebusters on the barricade, Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex on the floor, Yokosuka Cutter back in the ring, MURDER-DEATH SPEAR, Ambrose drags himself over to Seth & get one arm over him to retain the IC Title
WINNER & STILL INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: DEAN AMBROSE
Lashley is telling Rush to hand him a table, Waistlock Slam through the table