Raw Results – 2/4/19
Raw Results – 2/4/19
Commentary Team: Michael Cole, Renee Young & Cory Graves
The show opens with Stephanie McMahon introducing us to the show before she’s interrupted by Becky Lynch.
McMahon finishes her intro and tosses to video footage of Lynch’s faceoff with Ronda Rousey from last week. Steph points out Becky’s knee brace and slow gait after a bit of friendly banter and asks if Becky’s okay. She says she’s fine but McMahon runs through a recap of the Women’s Royal Rumble and points out that Lynch has been refusing medical attention.
Becky deflects at first before admitting she’s not going to a doctor and she’s fine, at which point Steph says that if she doesn’t get cleared by WWE medical staff, she can’t compete. Lynch asks McMahon what she knows about struggle, pointing out she hasn’t had to struggle for a damn thing, just another daddy’s girl who’s trying to stop her from fighting for everything.
She rose up and fought for WrestleMania and there’s nothing McMahon or any stupid doctor can do about it! Steph says it’s a liability for her to compete uncleared, and it’s very easy– all she has to do is to go to the doctor and get cleared… unless the knee is worse than she’s letting on. Steph puts over what a huge match it is and how she legitimately wants what’s best for her and pleads with her to go see the doctor.
Becky refuses to see the doctor, telling McMahon she’s not going to have her moment taken away. Steph says if she doesn’t go see the doctor, she’ll be forced to suspend her until she does, which gets Becky telling her if she says it again she won’t be responsible for her actions. McMahon begs her to not make her do it, but still Lynch won’t agree to go to the doctor.
Steph suspends her and tosses the mic aside… AND BECKY DECKS HER WITH A RIGHT HAND! MORE PUNCHES, STEP OVER FOR DIS-ARM-HER BUT REFEREES HIT THE RING AND HER KNEE STARTS TO BUCKLE! SHE FENDS OFF SECURITY AND FIVE-TIME NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ADAM PEARCE BUT HER KNEE’S BAD ENOUGH THAT STEPH IS ABLE TO RUN AWAY!
Lynch walks out under escort (for anyone wondering Lynch is not hurt at all, she’s simply selling for story purposes)
Becky Lynch is being escorted out of the building with her makeshift retinue when she comes across Ronda Rousey.
They square up and Ronda says she tests the limits of her professionalism every time they meet without her exploding her face, but she’s a professional and she’s got a PPV to sell. She accuses Lynch of unprofessionalism and tells her to go home and rest until WrestleMania so she can get the assbeating she deserves. Rousey goes to leave before turning back and offering one more barb on her way out.
RONDA ROUSEY VS LIV MORGAN:
Ronda with body blows to the ribs then locks in The Omoplata Armbar for the submission win
WINNER: RONDA ROUSEY
Ronda gets on the mic and yells at the fans for booing her, demanding someone step up and Sarah Logan takes the offer!
RONDA ROUSEY VS SARAH LOGAN:
Rousey blocks an Exploder, Omoplata, but Logan makes it to the rope, Logan counters a Triangle Choke into a Deadlift Bucklebomb, Rousey with a plethora of punches then locks in The Omoplata Armbar & Logan taps out
WINNER: RONDA ROUSEY
Ruby Riott up on the apron & thinks about testing her luck, but thinks better of it tonight
The Riott Squad run into an interview backstage and Ruby says she wasn’t running from anything, but when she does beat Ronda, and she will, it’ll be for the title, and since her pals are hurt and need her, Rousey will have to wait. They have a bond that can’t be broken, and an opportunist like Ronda doesn’t know anything about that
Sasha Banks and Bayley are interviewed.
Banks is apoplectic about being called failures for not beating Ronda but Bayley says tag teams are what it’s about tonight. Sasha pledges to win the titles when Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross roll up. Fox says they’re gonna win and Cross says nobody wanted to play but the Fox, and the Fox embraces the chaos
HEAVY MACHINERY VS LUCHA HOUSE PARTY VS B-TEAM VS THE REVIVAL:
Dorado with a Double Golden Re-Wind on Dawson, B-Team with a Double Neckbreaker on Dash, Caterpilar Elbow on Axel, but Bo breaks it up, Compactor blocked, Dash low-bridges Dozer, Bo with a flash pin on Dawson for a near fall, Revival finish Bo with The Shatter Machine for the win
WINNERS: THE REVIVAL
Curt Hawkins is watching and Zack Ryder tells him not to worry, they’ll be out there next time. Hawkins says he’s toxic and Zack would have been out there with any other partner and this Woody and Buzz “You’ve got a friend in me” thing ain’t happening. He’s lost 250 times in a row! Ryder points out that the chyron spelled his name wrong last week and asks if he knows how that feels.
Curt asks what the point is, and Zack says he’s a loser, too, and they’re losers together, but not for long. Started training together, got signed together, Major Brothers, Edgeheads, they were the youngest tag champs… and they’re gonna end this streak together!
Kurt Angle is walking backstage and runs into Mickie James and then Apollo Crews, who says he’s got his back.
He greets No Way Jose
Kurt Angle makes his entrance.
Intensity, integrity, and intelligence, the three I’s he’s lived his life by, and it’s worked. He’s accomplished everything he wanted to, from the European Championship to the WWE Hall of Fame. He tore the house down with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, soiled the ring with milk, and as GM of Raw gave everyone a chance to settle things in the ring. He met the son he never had, and had all of us to remind him how much he sucks.
Lately the three I’s have turned into three D’s– doubt, defeat, and depression. His last few matches haven’t turned out how he’d like, especially against Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin. He wanted to shut them up for good, and in his career he’s beat ‘em all and even won a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck, but there’s one opponent he knows he can’t defeat… Father Time.
Enter Baron Corbin, who tells him to wrap it up and asks what he wants, everyone to feel sorry for him? He did this to himself, and he should have given this speech at the Hall of Fame and walked off into the sunset, but no he had to come back and be general manager. But he had to prove that he still has what it takes to be a superstar and look at him now, just a broken down shadow of a man.
Angle says this broken down old man will break his ankle in two and tells him to come down and get some! Baron starts unbuttoning his vest–
Enter Drew McIntyre. He says one minute Kurt’s accepted his fate and the next he’s threatening to break a man’s ankle? People used to look into Angle’s eyes and see a warrior, but in their match all he saw in those eyes was fear. Fear before he tapped him out to his own ankle lock. Kurt was humiliated and he thought he’d never see him again, but Angle’s got no quit in his body and he keeps showing up until somebody does something very drastic.
Drew tells Portland to shut their mouths and get their cameras ready, because this is the last time you’ll ever see Kurt Angle in a WWE ring, because they’re gonna put him down for good! McIntyre and Corbin advance and do a pincer–
HERE COMES BRAUN STROWMAN! HE AND DREW BRAWL IN THE ENTRY WHILE ANGLE RUNS BARON OFF! Kurt’s fired up… BRAUN THROWS A DAMN OFFICE CHAIR AT CORBIN’S HEAD! Baron and Drew run away as Strowman checks on Kurt.
SASHA BANKS & BAYLEY VS ALICIA FOX & NIKKI CROSS:
Cross & Fox attack Bayley on the ramp & drag Sasha out, refs are out, as Cross & Fox hurl Bayley into the led boards, Sasha & Bayley have been obliterated as we go to break
Bayley with a Lariat on Cross for a 2 count, Sliding Lariat for a near fall, Bayley with a Running Crossbody for a 2 count, Diving Spinning Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Back Suplex for a 2 count, Fox with Watch Yo Face for a near fall, Cross with a Bulldog for a 2 count, Running Crossbody off the apron, she charges, but Sasha pulls Bayley out of the way & Cross hits the post, Bayley with a rollup on Fox for the win
WINNERS: BAYLEY & SASHA BANKS
Sasha & Bayley advance to the Chamber
So our teams so far are Bayley & Sasha, Riott Squad, Samoan Swat Team, IIconics & Golden Knockouts (I’m assuming the last spot on Smackdown has to be Naomi & Carmella, I’d say Naomi & Lana, but with Rusev heel again I’d assume she’s heel now as well)
Apollo Crews is interviewed.
He says he’s glad Kurt Angle’s competing tonight, saying he’s allowed to have a couple bad matches, and anyone has a chance– Drake Maverick and Rezar roll up, Drake telling him to be honest, Angle’s got no chance. Crews asks Rezar how he makes his little puppet talk and suggests that the big Albanian sticks his hand up Drake’s bum, which gets Rezar hot, but Drake backs him off.
(Oh, you didn’t know?!)
Road Dogg makes his entrance and does the deal. He tells the people the two words and introduces Jeff Jarrett.
He comes out and does his intro spiel, spelling his name and whatnot. Roadie says they didn’t get to finish last week, so he asks them to hit the music and we get Alone With My Baby Tonight.
Elias, of course, interrupts. He says that song they’ve been singing for 25 years is just like them– it hasn’t aged well. He asks Jarrett if he even plays guitar and tells Dogg he should be on SmackDown tanking THEIR ratings, and he’d rather watch Adam Levine do another halftime performance than deal with them. Truth be told he was offered the halftime gig, but he mistakenly turned it down.
He thought he was gonna come down and save the whole night with a performance but he remembered how ungrateful the people have become. But hey, they can keep their pathetic nostalgia act going, but it doesn’t change how WWE stands for “walk with Elias.” Jeff takes issue with this and tells him not to sing it, but to bring it
JEFF JARRETT W/ROAD DOGG VS ELIAS:
Elias with a Jumping Knee then mocks the Fargo Strut, Back Elbow for a 2 count, Suplex for a 2 count, Jumping Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Elias decks Dogg, Jarrett tried a DDT, but Elias counters into Drift Away for the win
Dogg distracts Elias afterwards as Double J delivers the acoustic equalizer to the back of Elias
Dana Brooke yelling at Natalya about proving herself & getting a match next week only for it to be revealed after she storms off that Nattie had earbuds in
Finn Balor is interviewed backstage. He says the Irish are stubborn when wounded, and yes his elbows hurt, his rib hurts, and people said he should have stayed home this week, but he took the best punishment and he’s still standing. He won’t be pushed around, held down, or stop pushing forward, and he’s gonna take the fight to Bobby Lashley just the same as he took the fight to Brock Lesnar, and he’s coming for the Intercontinental Championship, too.
Lio Rush gets on the mic and calls Finn out for looking like a mummy and thinking he’s got a chance against the All Mighty. This isn’t David vs. Goliath, this is mouse vs. Mack Truck, and Bob can curl dumbbells bigger than Balor. Lashley says Finn had a title shot against Brock last week and he’s better than Lesnar, so Finn doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with him.
He needs to fight people his own size, you see, so he doesn’t have a match against Bob. Instead, he’s fighting Lio Rush!
But before the bell Lashley kicks Balor in the midsection and hammers him in the corner!
FINN BALOR VS LIO RUSH:
Rush goe right after Finn, kick to the injured ribs, Balor with a Baseball Slide, on the apron, Lashley drags Finn out, instead of throwing the match out, the ref is throwing Lashley out, Rush with a Tope Suicida, Abdominal Stretch, Balor fights out & hits a Leaping Enzugir, up top, but Rush crotches Balor, Avalanche Hurricanrana for a 2 count, Grounded Abdominal Stretch, but Balor reverses it, Standing Double Stomp, Slingblade, Rush counters the Reverse Bloody Sunday into a Small Package for a near fall, Handsrping Back Elbow, Balor avoids The Final Hour, Rush rolls through, Finn with a Shotgun Dropkick & hits The Coup de Grace for the win
WINNER: FINN BALOR
Lashley back out, but Balor bails
Paige comes out and leads to a trailer for Fighting With My Family
Alexa Bliss introduces her guest, EC3. She puts him over as a hot commodity and asks him directly whether it’s going to be Raw or SmackDown.
Before he can answer, (God help us, the scariest thing you can see on Raw, Nia Jax with a mic, would they get her a manager, please) Nia Jax clears her throat over mic and comes out with Tamina in tow. She says she’ll answer for him– no one cares. Bliss complains about the interruption and Nia says she won’t apologize because she’s not sorry, and nobody wants to see this nauseating blind date when they could hear about how she broke boundaries in the men’s Royal Rumble or she and Tamina qualified for the Women’s Tag Team Championship match in the Elimination Chamber.
Jax says the whole WWE Universe is talking and tweeting about her, wondering what she’s gonna do next, and she says she might fill in for Becky Lynch at WrestleMania.
Enter Dean Ambrose. Nia asks how dare he interrupt her interrupting, and Ambrose says he’s sorry, he didn’t want to be out here but he’s got something to say to Jax– it’s obvious to everyone that she has a huge crush on him, and he understands. She’s not the first woman to have a problem dealing with his raw sexual magnetism and he knows she’s confused, but she has to stay away from him.
Dean then addresses EC3 and has a bunch of rapid-fire questions for him, which he does not give him a gap to answer in… UNTIL CARTER HAULS OFF AND DECKS HIM WITH A RIGHT HOOK!
EC3 VS DEAN AMBROSE:
EC3 Elbow, he stalks Ambrose, but Dean posts him, Short-Arm Lariat for a 2 count, EC3 with a STO, EC3 Splash evaded, Ambrose goes for the kill, but EC3 counters into a Jackknife pin for the win
Backstage, Kurt Angle is interviewed.
He’s slow to answer and says he wasn’t expecting to compete tonight and almost left his gear at home, but something told him to bring it and here he is. But he’s not fighting alone, he’s got Braun Strowman, a man that never met the thing he wanted to destroy, and he’s glad they’re teaming. Strowman says he doesn’t know what Angle was gonna say earlier tonight, but it’s an honor to tag with him, and before the end of the night, McIntyre and Corbin are gonna get These Hands.
It’s true, it’s damn true
Mojo Rawley is yelling about being part of the team and how that hasn’t worked out as an individual, and again we pan to see that he’s yelling at his own reflection channeling Norman Osborn’s Green Goblin. FORGET THE TEAM!
BARON CORBIN & DREW MCINTYRE VS
McIntyre counters The Olympic Slam into one of his own, then the Ankle Lock on Angle, Kurt kicks him away, Braun with an Avalanche then Sledgehammer fist to the heart, Powerslam countered, Corbin posts Braun, Drew with a Neckbreaker for a 1 count, Braun with a Double Team Suplex, Angle with a German Suplex on McIntyre then a pair on Corbin, Angle Slam, but Corbin makes the save, Braun decks Corbin causing a dq
Braun runs Corbin into the barricade, Claymore sends Strowman over the barricade, then they encircle Angle, they set up the steps in the ring, they looked for a Double Chokeslam, but Braun Chokeslams Drew on the steps then one for Corbin