Raw Results – 4/29/19
Raw Results – 4/29/19
Commentary Team: Michael Cole, Renee Young & Cory Graves
Alexa Bliss making her entrance to announce the participants in the Money in the Bank ladder matches.
She talks about the pay-per-view and how there’ll be two ladder matches, one men’s, one women’s, both with eight entrants split evenly between Raw and SmackDown, four and four. The Raw men are announced first and make their entrances– Braun Strowman, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin. Corbin says he gets it, his list of accolades is quite a mouthful and he can tell we’ll all enjoy it when he’s a two-time Money in the Bank winner.
Drew cuts him off and tells him to shut up and stick to the impressive aerial maneuvers and leave the business talk to the grownups. If he doesn’t, McIntyre will drop him where he stands, to which Corbin says while he does that he’ll climb the ladder and retrieve the contract. Drew yells at him about stealing victories, Baron says that’s strategy, and the Scotsman threatens to drop him right now and the Lone Wolf backs down.
Braun pipes up and says the reality of it is none of them can stop him, Mr. Monster in the Bank, from winning. And he wants to do a preview of the ladder match in tag form, them against him and Ricochet right now! Alexa bails and we’ve got a match
BRAUN STROWMAN & RICOCHET VS BARON CORBIN & DREW MCINTYRE:
Braun gives chase to Corbin, Drew was lying in wait and uncorks a Claymore Kick on the floor, Drew with a Chop on Ricochet for a 2 count, Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker for a 2 count, Braun with an Avalanche, he charges again, but Drew evades and Braun hits the post, Ricochet charges, Drew with a Pop-Up Glasgow Kiss, he looks for the kill, Corbin tags himself in, Ricochet flips out of a Black Hole Sun attempt, McIntyre decks Corbin tired of his hot-doggin, Running Powerslam, Ricochet up top & finishes Corbin with The Shooting Star Press for the win
WINNERS: RICOCHET & BRAUN STROWMAN
THE USOS VS THE CLUB:
Gallows throws Jimmy larynx first into the rope, he cuts Jimmy off with a Big Boot for a 2 count, Anderson with a Running Knee for a 2 count, Lariat for a 2 count, Club with a Back Suplex/Inverted Neckbreaker combo for a near fall, Jey with a Superkick to the ribs, Uppercut, Samoan Drop, Running Butt-Butt for a near fall, he goes for a Stinger Splash, but Anderson evades & Jey hits the post, Anderson with a Spinebuster for a near fall, Jimmy stops a Magic Killer attempt, Double Superkick, Jey wipes out Anderson with a Tope Suicida then Jimmy finishes Gallows with a Samoan Splash for the win
WINNERS: THE USOS
The Usos get on the mic and say there’s one tag team calling themselves the top guys but they’ve got another side. Put your kids to sleep, make sure your grandmother’s eyes are closed and keep your throw-up in your mouth, check it out. They roll footage from earlier where they caught Dash Wilder shaving Scott Dawson’s back. (Gee is it any wonder Dash & Dawson aren’t sure about signing those new contracts even if they are getting half a million a year for five years)
The Revival come down and Dawson explains reaching every part of his back isn’t the easiest because he’s so jacked, so what did he do? Asked his best friend of twenty-plus years for a little help. Wilder says that’s right, his best friend asked for help and they have each others’ back. The Usos ask for clarity on who shaves who and the Revival say they’re done with them for now and they have a match against the tag champs later, but when they’re done, better believe they’re coming for the Usos.
The Usos say they get it, they have a big match and they’ll be ready to welcome them to the Uso Penitentiary when they’re done
Miz welcomes us to MizTV.
He says since the Superstar Shake-Up he’s been reinvigorated and he introduces his guest, Bobby Lashley.
Lashley comes out by himself with Lio Rush nowhere to be found and not mentioned at all by commentary and Cory has a really bad line about how Lashley looks like a Socrates sculpture come to life (That would be a pretty impressive feat considering Socrates wasn’t known for sculpting and was a philosopher. Seriously if you want to get cute with a line like that would it at least kill them to use a name that would fit for that). Miz tells him he looks great and Bob cuts him off, saying he’s see MizTV before and he sets some ground rules in the third person. He’s only going to answer the questions he wants to answer, and when the A-Lister calls him out on the third person thing he tells him to watch his tone.
Miz says he thinks Lashley is the perfect guest for MizTV’s return to Raw. He puts Bob over as having the most raw natural talent in all of WWE but some folks think he has yet to put it all together. That’s not meant to be an insult, it’s just people think Lashley hasn’t reached his full potential. Bob says he’s been back in WWE for one year and he’s already a two-time Intercontinental Champion, and what has Miz done?
The A-Lister says old Miz would have listed off all his title reigns and you can check his Wikipedia to see how long that’d take, but the point is nobody is questioning his potential and if anything he’s an overachiever– have you seen his wife? And he did all that without a shred of Lashley’s athletic potential. Bob brings up Shane McMahon beating Miz and his dad both up.
He insults Mr. Miz and the A-Lister strikes, having had enough! They brawl around the ring, Miz boots Bob to the floor and starts throwing chairs at him, Tenryu-style
BOBBY LASHLEY VS THE MIZ:
Vertigo Suplex for a 2 count, Miz with a barrage of Shoot Kicks then a pair of Running Double Knees when he’s distracted by Shane McMahon arriving on Raw, Miz sends Lashley to the floor, Miz catches Shane before he tries a cheap shot, he stacks up Lashley for a 2 count, Snap DDT for a 2 count, Shoot Kicks, Shane calls for a picture of George to be put on the tron to distract Miz, he goes after Shane, but turns around & Lashley breaks him in half with The Murder-Death Spear for the win
WINNER: BOBBY LASHLEY
Shane gets in the ring and toys with Miz, probing strikes, the A-Lister fires up and strikes back but Lashley hits the ring and pulls him off. Thrust Spinebuster! McMahon continues to the beatdown and locks a triangle choke on, making Miz look at the picture of his dad until the A-Lister passes out. Shane gets on the mic and tells Miz to remember that he is, in fact, the Best in the World and as you might expect was showered with CM Punk chants
Lucha House Party jump Hanson & Rowe during their entrance
THE VIKING RAIDERS VS LUCHA HOUSE PARTY:
That has just pissed off the Raiders, Hanson with a Cartwheel into a Lariat on Metalik, Rowe with a Pop-Up Fallaway Slam on Kalisto, Shotgun Knees on Metalik then drives Hanson into Meatlik before finishing Kalisto with Thor’s Hammer for the win
WINNERS: THE VIKING RAIDERS
Lince attacks after the match, but they drop him with a German Suplex/Springboard Lariat combo
Alexa Bliss is ready to announce the Raw women in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Natalya is out first and takes a seat for a proper interview and says she’s never been Raw Women’s Champion but after she wins that’s all going to change. Bliss wants to get through it and moves right along to Dana Brooke, who says she’s so excited for this opportunity that she can’t even believe it’s happening, and this is her chance to jump the line.
Neidhart gets in her face and asks if she’s saying she held her back, to which Dana says Nattie’s gotten her opportunities. Natalya says everything she’s gotten she earned, and Alexa says they clearly don’t understand how this works and to get their catty arguments off her show so she can introduce the third entrant, Naomi.
Naomi says she’s gonna climb the ladder and retrieve the contract and the other two bicker with her about who’s going to win. Bliss says they’re worse than the men and they should be ashamed of themselves for interrupting a very important moment for another woman on the roster. They were given this opportunity and now there’s another woman waiting to hear if she gets this opportunity, hoping and praying to hear her name.
So she wants to stop fighting for the sanctity and dignity of the women’s division and announces the final Raw competitor as… herself, of course. She tells them they can leave so she can get the attention she deserves as a future two-time Ms. Money in the Bank, but Naomi challenges her to a preview of the match here and now. Alexa says she would, she really would, but she doesn’t want to and she’s not wearing her gear anyway.
Naomi says that’s funny because she knows she can beat Bliss with her shoes on or off and she doesn’t think Alexa is as good as she says she is. Bliss agrees to the match!
We get a new edition of Firefly Fun House. This time Bray is painting when he realizes the camera is on him and he says he loves to paint. Painting is a way to express his suppressed feelings, and when you’re expressing yourself, no one can ever truly hurt you. The bescarfed rabbit pops up and Wyatt greets him as Rambling Rabbit, offering to show his painting off.
He turns it to the camera and it’s a picture of his barn burning down with Sister Abigail inside. Abby the Witch speaks up and says this is no time for games, to which Bray tells the rabbit to scram. She tells Wyatt he’s a very bad boy and he asks her to take it easy and says it’s all in the past and he’s really sorry for what he did and we all forgive him, right?
Abby tells him to keep it down while she’s getting her beauty rest and Bray walks across the set before saying she’s a bit of a sociopath. Rambling Rabbit asks if sociopath is the word of the day and Wyatt says it is. He spells it out for all the kiddos before saying he thinks that’s all the time for today. He bids his fireflies that he’ll light the way as long as we let him in
NAOMI VS ALEXA BLISS:
Naomi with a Sliding Lariat then a Jumping Split Legdrop for a 2 count, Naomi with a Small Package for a near fall, Bliss with a Mat Slam for a 2 count, Naomi with a Sunset Flip for a 2 count, Spinning Jawbreaker, she sets her up, but ends up grabbing Alexa’s shoes, Bliss badmouths the ref and turns around into The Rear View then Naomi finishes Bliss with a Split-Legged Moonsault for the win
Mysterio says it’s not easy being his size and living in a world of giants, but when he gets knocked down, he gets right back up. WrestleMania was embarrassing, and he felt like he let his friends and family down, but he’s gotta move ahead. He knows he’s the better man and tonight, he’s going to prove it.
Becky Lynch gets on the mic.
She says she figures she has two options– protect or fight, and she only knows how to fight. She knows the odds and a year ago nobody thought she could main event WrestleMania or beat the unbeatable Ronda Rousey, but here she is, Becky Two Belts. The fans know her whole career has been a longshot but nothing she’s done has been an accident, and for months she ran her mouth about Charlotte Flair holding titles hostage, and no way she does that herself.
You can talk about impulses and odds, but just remember, Becky didn’t make history by dodging anybody, she made it by beating everybody, and she says bring on her opponents! Flair has her pedigree, but the Man still has her number, and Lacey Evans, that plank, is a tremendous athlete with a great right hand but she’s making a mistake by punching someone who likes it.
And she’ll tell Lacey exactly when and where her beating is coming, and that’s at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. We get a video recap of Evans’ attack from last week and Lynch takes the mic and calls Lacey out for a little payback!
Lacey makes her entrance, microphone in hand, and says it’s just like a man to want what he wants when he wants it and she can see that Irish temper bubbling up from here. She’s trying her best to not lose her manners and she warned Lynch last week to not let her emotions get the best of her and she didn’t listen so she’s done talking. We got a brawl!
Evans gets a side headlock and punches as referees come down to pull them apart! Lynch charges in, wild body blows and windmill punches, road agents join the fray including Sonjay Dutt and Jamie Noble but they can’t keep them apart! Evans breaks free and charges right into a punch but she keeps throwing her own right back! Again they get separated and this time Becky ends up on the apron and jawing as Lacey retreats up the ramp
CURT HAWKINS & ZACK RYDER VS THE REVIVAL:
Hawkins with a Dropkick on Dash for a 2 count, Dawson with a Kneedrop on Ryder for a 2 count, Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Back Suplex/Legdrop combo, Dash into a cover for a 2 count, Ryder & Dawson ram into each other, Dawson falls on top of Zack for a 2 count, but Ryder counters into a Crucifix Pin for the win
WINNERS: ZACK RYDER & CURT HAWKINS
Backstage, Miz is interviewed.
He says Shane McMahon made this personal and continues to drag his dad into this, but at Money in the Bank he wants to stay and fight with him in the ring, so he challenges him to a steel cage match!
Sami Zayn gets on the mic.
He says last week he was kind enough to share images of his life outside the toxic prison walls of WWE, and the joy he experienced wasn’t just a couple of lovely trips, but the result of a lot of deep introspection and he had time to rekindle his love of history and sociology and psychology, and that helped him make sense of us. In fact there’s one psychological concept that stuck with him that pertains to all of us.
It’s the concept of entitlement. For years we’ve been fed the lie that the customer is always right and there’s a number of reasons why we believe this, mainly social and economic reasons that he won’t explain here because nobody in Lexington, Kentucky would understand. Point is we’ve come to think that what we feel is correct and whatever we want should be given to us, and if we don’t get exactly what we want, when we want it, we throw a fit.
Last week flying home at 4AM he met a father pushing his son at him to sign an action figure, and naturally he said no, and this kid burst into tears and cried and ran into daddy’s arms, and do you think that made him feel good? No, it didn’t, it made him sick, and the reason why is because this kid already at age five has been taught that he’s owed something.
At age five he already thinks Zayn owes him, but he doesn’t owe him or any one of us a damn thing. He’s been more than generous after three shoulders and seventeen years of classic matches, he thinks he’s been pretty fair, and from here on out we get whatever he gives us. That’s the new dynamic of this relationship– he gives and we take whatever he offers.
It’s funny, he says, people come up and attack him left and right, telling him if he doesn’t like WWE he should just quit, and he polls the crowd to see if that’s what they want. Believe him, quitting WWE would be (chef kiss) amazing, but you know what would be more amazing? Coming out here week after week and holding every single one of us accountable for our actions.
Coming out here week after week and calling us out for our crap and being the critic of the critics. It’s high time that Sami Zayn takes the power back.
We’re informed that Shane McMahon has accepted Miz’s challenge
SAMOA JOE VS REY MYSTERIO:
Mysterio avoids the Running Senton, Springboard Seated Senton, he charges, Joe catches him, Island Driver countered into a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT, 619, he tries a second, Joe counters, Coquina Clutch blocked, ST-Joe, he looks for another, but Rey counters into a Tilt-a-Whirl and stacks Joe up in a flash pin for the win (That’s always been Joe’s biggest weakness he’s very susceptible to flash pins even back when he was the dominant ROH World Champion)
WINNER: REY MYSTERIO
Michael Cole is in the ring to MC our contract signing.
He introduces AJ Styles first, immediately followed by WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins.
Styles says he made SmackDown the House That AJ Styles Built and he’s proud of that, but this is Raw, with the craziest fans, and he’s always liked Seth. He’s known him many years and he’s a good guy, but he’s got something AJ wants– the Universal Championship. And they both know that when you want something bad enough you’ll do unexpected things to get it, but like he said before, winners find a way, and Seth is a winner.
And how many times has it been said that Rollins is the new AJ Styles? So many times. He’s stronger, he’s faster, younger, but the hard truth is that Seth will never be the Phenomenal AJ Styles. Rollins agrees and says he never wanted to be the next anybody, he always wanted to be the first Seth freakin’ Rollins. He appreciates the compliment and the enthusiasm, but things are different on Raw.
This is Monday Night Rollins, and so AJ is right and he respects everything he did on SmackDown, but he’s going to have to be more than just Phenomenal to take the title away. Styles says he knows how much the title means and everything he went through to get there. He ran himself ragged and he was obsessed with being the workhorse, but at what cost?
Here’s the question, Seth– how are you holding up? The crowd chants “Burn it down!” and AJ says he has no doubt they will and he’ll build it back up, but he asks how Seth is holding up without his Shield brothers to keep him going, to hold him up. (This is actually an interesting point, remember who AJ came to WWE with and look who showed up on Raw tonight, I don’t think that’s a coincidence) Don’t get him wrong, Rollins went through hell at WrestleMania, the problem is he doesn’t think Seth has much left.
Never rest, never rust is what his shirt says, and he’s gonna be that bulldog nipping at Rollins’ heels, and at Money in the Bank he’s gonna latch on, sink his teeth in, and he’s not gonna let go until he’s standing over him as the new Universal Champion. Styles signs and fixes his hair. Rollins replies and says he’ll spell it out– they have a lot in common but they have a lot of differences.
AJ likes to build things up, he likes to burn them down, and while their success stories may be similar, there’s one thing Seth has done that Styles hasn’t– beaten Brock Lesnar. And that’s why he’s standing here holding this and AJ is over there trying to take it away. And as far as how he’s holding up? Ask Brock because he was at his best at WrestleMania and he’ll be at his best at Money in the Bank when he beats Styles.
Rollins sets the title down and signs, during which AJ picks it up and considers it. They square up and jaw a little and Styles presents him the belt before offering a hand, but Seth holds the title high and gets in AJ’s face rather than return the handshake! Styles smiles and paces around Rollins before uncorking on him and hammering him with punches!
Rollins fires back and kicks AJ out of the ring! Suicide dive connects, back inside and Seth tells him not to start fights he can’t finish before collecting his title. Styles nails him with a forearm, springboard… PHENOMENAL FOREARM THROUGH THE TABLE!
AJ poses as the show ends