Raw Results – 4/22/19
Raw Results – 4/22/19
Des Moines, Iowa
Wells Fargo Arena
Commentary Team: Michael Cole, Renee Young & Cory Graves
Triple H makes his entrance.
And immediately after he gets to the ring, Seth Rollins makes his entrance.
They shake hands and hug, and Rollins begins. He talks about how surreal it is to be in his home state, after everything they’ve all been through together, to be standing here as Universal Champion. Two weeks ago at WrestleMania he was in the fight of his life and he did what he said he was going to do, slayed the Beast, and brought the title home!
Hunter agrees, saying Seth walked in a Kingslayer and walked out a certified Beastslayer, stomping Brock’s head into the ring three times in the process. But now the landscape has changed, and now since Rollins is the standard-bearer and the measuring stick, as champion the whole world is gunning for him. Seth says he knows that, and he knows that Money in the Bank is right around the corner, and if anybody knows about that contract, it’s him.
He’s cashed the contract in and had the contract cashed in on him, and if everybody’s gunning for him that’s fine because he’ll never let it happen again. Triple tells him not to put the cart before the horse, because he needs to worry about who he’s defending the title against on the pay-per-view. Rollins guesses that Brock wants a rematch, but HHH says he hasn’t heard from Paul Heyman or Brock Lesnar.
So what’s next? Hunter says we’ll find out tonight and the best of the best have landed here tonight and they’re going to do two triple threats that will feed into a main event #1 contender’s match for the right to face Seth at Money in the Bank.
Enter Samoa Joe.
He says he wants this to be a reminder that he does what he wants, when he wants, and your United States Champion has arrived on Raw. He’s gotta admit, our girl Becky Lynch has a real interesting concept with this double championship, and as you can see his shoulders are plenty wide, with room for one more. (One more, place at the table, there’s always room for one more!)
Enter Rey Mysterio.
He says Joe isn’t the only former SmackDown superstar looking to make an impact on Raw, and he didn’t come here just to hang out and drop knowledge, he came here because he had a match in mind, and after tonight, he sees Mysterio vs. Rollins at Money in the Bank.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He wants to make himself perfectly clear that he doesn’t give a damn what they think they deserve or what the people are excited about, he’s spent a year cleaning this place up and getting rid of the dead weight with zero title opportunities, and now it’s his time! Hunter said Seth is the measuring stick, but the only reason he’s champion is that he got to Brock before Drew could.
You know what he’s capable of, and he’s going to win tonight and beat Rollins at Money in the Bank to finally be Universal Champion.
Enter the Miz.
He starts off by saying that the A-Lister is back on Raw and the more things change, the more things stay the same. Like how Seth Rollins has something he wants, but he’s had something of a reboot thanks to a man who calls himself the Best in the World, and he’s not the same guy that Seth remembers. The last few months have shown him that he can be a certain man, a man worthy of the Universal Championship.
And he can’t think of a more must-see match for Money in the Bank than Seth Rollins vs. the Miz.
Enter Baron Corbin.
He says he’s the most deserving to challenge Seth, because at WrestleMania he may have slain the Beast, but he retired a legend. And has McIntyre ever beaten a gold medalist in his farewell match at WrestleMania? Or has Miz? Or Rey?
Enter AJ Styles.
He says everybody seems to have forgotten that he’s on Raw now, but he’s going to win tonight and face whoever wins the other triple threat and show them why SmackDown was the House That AJ Styles Built. So at Money in the Bank, it’ll be him vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship.
Seth say he’s ready and it doesn’t matter which one of them he wrestles at Money in the Bank, because he’s Seth freakin’ Rollins, and he’s going to burn it down.
SAMOA JOE VS REY MYSTERIO VS AJ STYLES:
AJ with a Sidewalk Backbrekaer on Mysterio for a 2 count, Rey counters a Styles Clash into a Hurricanrana for a 2 count, AJ charges and gets drilled with a ST-Joe for a near fall, Joe with a Snap Powerslam, but AJ breaks the pin, AJ with a Leaping Enzugiri, but Mysterio breaks the pin, Rey takes out Joe with a Tornillo on the floor, up top, but Styles cuts him off, Joe with a Double Avalanche Backdrop, but they turn it into a Double Sunset Flip in mid-air, Joe decapitates Styles with a Lariat for a near fall, Rey with a Crucifix Bomb on Joe, but AJ makes the save, Joe looked to be going for his old Island Driver, but Rey counters into a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT, 619 countered into The Coquina Clutch, AJ Springboards in, Joe releases and locks it on Styles, AJ with the Bret Hart counter into a flash pin, Joe releases, Pele Kick, Electric Chair on Rey, but he reverses into a Headscissors, 619, Springboard Seated Senton, but AJ catches him and Powerbombs him on Joe and holds on Styles Clash on top of Joe then pins Joe for the win
WINNER: AJ STYLES
The IIconics get some promo time, and Billie Kay says what Naomi did last week can be summed up in the words “Thank you, next”, and they debate who sings the song of the same name for a bit before settling on it and running Naomi down as living in the past when the future is IIconic
NAOMI VS BILLIE KAY W/PEYTON ROYCE:
Naomi with a Bulldog into Royce then hits a Sunset Flip for the win
THE MIZ VS BARON CORBIN VS DREW MCINTYRE:
McIntyre with a Deadlift Suplex on Miz for a 2 count, Corbin with a Dream Crusher, but Miz sends Drew into it then avoids a charge & Corbin gets posted, Miz with a Springboard Double Ax Hande to both Corbin & McIntyre, he lights them up with Shoot Kick, Drew ducks the Buzzsaw kick, but Miz hits Corbin, Drew with The Glasgow Kiss then sets Miz up top, Drew looks for an Avalanche Air Raid Crash, but Corbin at the bottom with a Tower of Doom, Miz with a Flyign Double Lariat to the floor, then sends Corbin into the timekeeper area, back in the ring, McIntyre with an Inverted Concrete Slam for a near fall, he looks for the kill, Miz sidesteps the Claymore Kick and locks in the Figure 4, but Drew with a thumb to the eye breaks it, Corbin catches Miz with Deep Six for a near fall, he looks for the Dream Crusher, but Miz evades and Corbin hits the steps, Drew with a Spinebuster and jumps into a jackknife pin for a near fall, Miz blocks The Future Shock and hits a Snap DDT for a near fall, End of Days blocked, Snap DDT on Corbin for a near fall, Skull-Crushing Finale blocked, Miz sends Corbin to the floor and turns around into a Claymore Kick, Corbin dumps Drew to the floor and picks the bones like a thief in the night and steals the pin
WINNER: BARON CORBIN
AJ Styles is interviewed about tonight’s main event.
He says it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but rather of the fight in the dog and he likes to think of himself as a bulldog that has a lot more fight in him than Baron Corbin, who demands to be introduced by all the accolades across his career. All that’s true, but he’s got a few of his own, from the United States Championship to the WWE Championship and he’s beat up John Cena on a regular basis.
But it’s not about comparing accolades, this is him picking a fight with the biggest bully in the yard and winning, and he hopes Seth Rollins is watching so he can hear him be announced as the winner along with everyone else
Sami Zayn gets on the mic and cuts the crowd off mid-theme-song.
He says for the past few weeks he’s done something nobody else has had the courage to do, tell us the truth about ourselves. Nobody wants to hear about how they’re incessantly negative, so of course we engaged in denial and deflection and built this false narrative about Sami becoming bitter, but he can squash that for us right now. He’s the opposite of bitter, he’s jubilant!
In fact, his ten months away was the happiest time of his life, but he can show us how beautiful life can be outside these prison walls, and he shows us a few pictures from his Instagram account. He repeatedly focuses on how happy he was before talking about how the closer to coming back, the closer the dark cloud of anxiety came back, and what about WWE was making him sick?
The corporate structure he doesn’t agree with? His egomaniacal, delusional, entitled coworkers? But he kept digging and digging and got to the root of it and figured out that the problem is us, the fans. He encourages them to boo and suggests that it feels good because it’s easier to blame him than hold ourselves accountable for our roles in all this.
So he’s going to hold every single one of us to account even though he’d rather be anywhere else on earth than depressed Des Moines, Iowa. And if we’ve got a problem with that, he suggests we take a page out of his book and take a trip. He leaps around the ring asking if that sounds nice and says we can all go to hell!
CEDRIC ALEXANDER VS CESARO:
Cesaro with a Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Cedric tries a Crossbody, but Cesaro counters into a Backbreaker for a 2 count, Cesaro with a Big Boot for a 2 count, Gutwrench Suplex for a 2 count, Cedric counters a Tree Slam into a Sunset Flip for a 2 count, Cedric with a Michinoku Driver II for a near fall, Cedric with The Neuralizer sends Cesaro to the floor then follows with a Tope con Hilo, he sends Cesaro back in, Springboard, but Cesaro is waiting & blasts him out of the air with Swiss Death for the win
Usos are interviewed.
They say they’re happy to be here after locking SmackDown down and they’re gonna line ‘em up and knock ‘em down, from the Lucha House Party (party’s over!) to the Viking Raiders (they look like they came off the set of Braveheart) to the tag team champions (who collect toys) to… the Revival roll up and interrupt. Scott Dawson says the Usos are the greatest tag team in the history of SmackDown, but Raw is Top Guy territory and they’re not locking anything down.
The Usos feign being asleep briefly before welcoming the Revival to the Uso Penitentiary!
Vikings attack before the bell and beat the Lucha House Party down!
Erik takes Dorado out with a knee, catches Metalik, Ivar puts Kalisto on him… HE POWERBOMBS KALISTO AND WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAMS GRAN AT THE SAME TIME! Raiders call for it… THOR’S HAMMER!
Backstage, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder are interviewed about the tag division.
Hawkins say we all saw the Viking Raiders go absolute berserk out there and Ryder adds that they felt what they can do last week, but they’re new, and the tag champs have been around for years. Curt says they deserve them now as much as they did back in 2008, and Zack says they’re not going to let these horny woolly mammoths take them away
Becky Lynch gets on the mic.
She says there’s something in the air tonight in Iowa and she thinks it’s the Superstar Shake-Up. New challengers, and she didn’t have to wait, finding out last week that it’d be Lacey Evans, the woman who likes to sucker punch The Man. But she doesn’t mind being sucker punched, and she’s made a career out of slapping bleach blondes who’ve “curried favors” from management, so Lacey’s really just a new version of an old approach.
So while Evans is in the back trying to further her career, she’s out here ready to fight anyone to cement hers, so if Alicia Fox would come on–
Enter Lacey Evans.
She says she can’t understand for the life of her why Becky constantly allows her emotions to get the best of her. Maybe it’s that she’s Irish, or that like a typical man she has to be the center of attention. So, lesson one, a lady is always in control of her emotions, lesson two, a lady is never a showoff, and lesson three, she’ll teach The Man how to respect a lady with the Woman’s Right and take her titles home.
Becky laughs her off and says after all the people she’s beat to get here she’s just been trying to enjoy the last few weeks and this absolute plank is getting on her last nerve. So you talk about her Irish emotions, well they want to slap Lacey’s head right off her shoulders! And she’s new around here, so don’t confuse her happiness with contentment, because she’ll dismantle her at Money in the Bank because she can and it’s time for The Man to go back to collecting her debts
BECKY LYNCH VS ALICIA FOX:
Fox goes for a Tilt-a-Whirl Slam, but Lynch counters, Dis-Arm-Her blocked and Fox sends Lynch to the floor, Becky back in, Flyign Forearm, pair of Exploder Suplexes, Fox with a rollup for a 2 count, Lynch with The Dis-Arm-Her and Fox taps out
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH
Immediately Lacey with a Woman’s Right, Becky gets back up & Lacey decks her with another one
Baron Corbin is shadowboxing backstage when an interview rolls up about his main event tonight.
He scoffs at the idea that he’s defying the odds and says he’s not looking past AJ Styles, he’s looking straight through him
RICOCHET VS ROBERT ROODE:
(Roode now using his old Beer Money name of Robert from TNA and sporting a Joey Ryan style mustache)
Ricochet with a Triangle Moonsault to the floor, Roode with a Vertical Suplex for a 2 count, Camel Clutch, Scissor Stomp to the back, Ricochet with a Springboard Lariat then a Standing Shooting Star Press for a near fall, Rollup for a near fall, Double R Spinebuster for a 2 count, Glorious DDT blocked, Ricochet with The Ace of Spades for a near fall, up top, Roode avoids the 630 and hurls Ricochet into the turnbuckle then hits The Glorious DDT for the win
WINNER: ROBERT ROODE
We get a happy shiny video package for… Bray… Wyatt’s… new children’s show? Firefly Fun House. The weird doll is here in the logo and so is the buzzard.
Bray welcomes us to the show and tells us how much fun we’re going to have in his special place and show us what he’s learned. He puts on gloves labeled “Hurt” and “Heal” and introduces us to Mercy the Buzzard and the doll in turn. He says he used to be a very bad man but he does keep a reminder to make sure he never turns into that pathetic slob loser ever again, and the camera pans to reveal a cardboard cutout that he decapitates with a chainsaw before telling us he’ll see us next week.
AJ STYLES VS BARON CORBIN:
Corbin with a Back Suplex into a Face Eraser for a 2 count, Phenomenal Blitz, Black Hole Sun countered into a Victory Roll for a near fall, Styles Clash blocked, AJ ducks the Dream Crusher & hits The Pele Kick, Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall, End of Days countered into The Calf Crusher, but Corbin slams AJ’s head on the mat to break the hold, Corbin looks for a Double AxHandle, but AJ ducks and Corbin hangs himself in the rope, AJ slides to the apron & blasts Corbin with The Phenomenal Forearm for the win. Styles will face Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank
WINNER: AJ STYLES
Seth comes down and offers a handshake to AJ, he accepts as the show ends