The 04/01/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1349 of Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Stephanie’s Big Announcement
Stephanie McMahon opened the show with the important announcement promised earlier today. She revealed that the main event of WrestleMania was about to get even more interesting – because she would be entering as the fourth woman!
This was, of course, an April Fools joke, but she really did have an announcement: the historic Women’s Triple Threat would be winner take all. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, or Ronda Rousey will be leaving WrestleMania with both the Raw and SmackDown Live Women’s Championships.
The Beast Comes to Raw
To follow up the exciting announcement, Paul Heyman and his client, Brock Lesnar, came to the ring and said that they liked the sound of winner take all. Brock Lesnar is well-known for taking the streaks, hopes, and dreams of his fellow Superstars, and this Sunday, The Beast will take Seth Rollins’ career from him.
Seth Rollins then joined Lesnar in the ring (Heyman hopped out the moment Rollins’ music hit), and informed The Beast that everyone was sick of him and his Universal Championship reign. Lesnar laughed in his face, but Rollins paid no attention, continuing his speech to say that he was going to take the Universal Championship on Sunday and there was nothing Lesnar could do about it.
Continuing to laugh, Lesnar started to leave the ring, shouldering Rollins on his way out, which enraged Rollins enough to attack him. The two exchanged blows until Rollins finished Lesnar with a Curb Stomp, dropping the title on him and leaving him lying in the ring.
The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection and The Divas of Doom vs. The IIconics and Nia Jax and Tamina
The dissension began immediately in this match, as Beth Phoenix attempted to start things off, but was stopped by Sasha Banks, who tagged herself in instead. Along with her tag partner, Bayley, Sasha nearly took down Peyton Royce, but she escaped, tagging in Billie Kay to take her place.
The Divas of Doom, Natalya and Beth Phoenix, then went to work on Billie Kay. Back from commercial, Billie successfully kicked Bayley from the apron, then she and Peyton Royce did their best to pin the champ, but could not put her away.
To show that she still has what it takes to dominate, Beth Phoenix speared Tamina through the barricade. Peyton Royce threw Beth back in the ring, but got a little too cocky, and was hit with a Glam Slam, which won the match for Beth Phoenix and her team.
The two teams did not celebrate together, however, choosing instead to get in the others’ faces, not overlooking the fact that they will be opponents on Sunday.
Winner: The Divas of Doom and The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection
Batista Responds to Triple H
After coming to the ring, Batista allowed the crowd to cheer him for a moment before, without saying a word, pointing toward the big screen. A video package was shown featuring Batista and Triple H’s last interaction, from which Batista walked away victorious. He then looked straight into the camera and calmly said, “Hunter, kiss my ass.”
Apollo Crews vs. Jinder Mahal
With the competitors of the upcoming battle royal surrounding the ring, Apollo Crews defeated Jinder Mahal with a splash after an extremely short match.
Crews approached the Andre trophy, but several other Superstars stepped forward at the same time, causing a brawl to break out between all of the Raw men involved in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Once the fighting had subsided, Apollo Crews stood tall once again, admiring the trophy.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Thank You, Kurt
In lieu of a farewell match on Raw, Kurt Angle came to the ring to show an emotional video package highlighting his entire WWE career. He was about to continue tearfully thanking the crowd when he was interrupted by Baron Corbin.
Corbin said that, far from his former glory, Kurt Angle could barely get his jacket off without running out of breath. And because of that weakness, Corbin was frankly offended that the WWE Universe seemed to think that Angle deserved a better opponent for WrestleMania.
Kurt Angle responded by challenging Baron Corbin to a match right then, but Corbin said that the gold medalist would never make it to Sunday if he attempted another match, so he refused.
Corbin started to
The Queen Speaks
In a backstage interview, Charlotte Flair said that she was wholly unconcerned with Stephanie McMahon’s announcement that the WrestleMania main event would now be winner take all. As she was already going to win, she would simply be the holder of two titles instead of one when it was over.
And in regard to being forced to join forces with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey for a 6-Woman Tag Match later in the evening, she would have no problem putting her feelings aside to retain her place in the WrestleMania main event, but her generosity would not extend past the tag match.
The Revival (c) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Aleister Black got off to a dominant start, picking apart both Dawson and Dash before giving Ricochet a turn in the match. Ricochet struggled against The Revival momentarily, but quickly regained the upper hand with a little help from Aleister Black.
Back from commercial, The Revival had managed to turn the tables, Dawson working the left arm of Black. Ricochet tagged in to give his partner some relief, nearly defeating The Revival by holding Dash in a roll-up. As Ricochet ran toward the ropes, he was hit by Dawson. Dash tried to take advantage of the attack, but Ricochet kicked out.
Soon after, Ricochet flipped onto both members of The Revival on the floor. Dash made it back to the ring, but as Ricochet tried to
Ricochet and Aleister Black did not appreciate this injustice, hitting Dash with a Black Mass and Dawson with a 630, standing tall to end the segment.
Winner: The Revival
Roman Reigns Addresses the Rumors
Backstage, Roman Reigns addressed Drew McIntyre’s recent actions, as well as their match at WrestleMania. Drew McIntyre has been spreading rumors that Roman is unprepared for their match, as he is not yet 100% from their interactions.
Reigns said that Drew knew nothing about him, but before he could say much more, McIntyre flew into the frame, ambushing Reigns. The Big Dog did not stay down, however, and got back to his feet, looking extremely angry with The Scottish Psychopath.
The Riott Squad vs. Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair
Before the match, Becky Lynch said that she was well aware that Ronda and Charlotte would be doing their best to force her to lose her cool, therefore forfeiting her spot in the main event of WrestleMania, but Becky was determined to make history and win championship gold, so she would be doing no such thing.
Becky and Charlotte came close to putting their place in the main event in jeopardy almost immediately, taunting each other, but managing to keep their hands to themselves.
The Riott Squad put the boots to Becky Lynch after she tagged herself in with just a little more force than necessary. Charlotte and Ronda looked completely unconcerned, more than happy to allow Becky to wear herself out.
When Becky was able to gain some steam, she went to her corner, where Charlotte tagged in, but Ronda Rousey tagged herself in with a smack to Charlotte’s head. Ronda then locked in an arm bar on Liv Morgan, who instantly tapped out.
No sooner had the bell rang than Becky, Charlotte, and Ronda were beating the hell out of each other in the ring. The violence became so intense that numerous police officers came to break things up, forced to handcuff all three women, as several officers suffered abuse from their relentless strikes.
The officers made the mistake of putting Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey in the back of the same squad car, where they began fighting again, Ronda kicking out the back window. As they attempted to restrain Becky, Ronda had gotten into the driver’s seat of the squad car and crashed it into the other one. Ronda had her head out of the window screaming at the other two women, which earned her a knee to the face from Charlotte.
Winner: Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode vs. Heavy Machinery
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable were in the middle of pummeling Tucker when Lacey Evans and her classy strut interrupted the action, distracting everyone in the ring.
A less than focused Bobby Roode allowed Tucker to tag in his partner Otis, who laid Roode out before hitting his Caterpillar finisher. Before the three count could be completed, however, Gable broke the pin.
Chad Gable would soon pay for this interference, losing the match when Heavy Machinery hit him with their Compactor powerslam.
Winner: Heavy Machinery
Braun Strowman vs. “Michael Che and Colin Jost”
Two unlucky enhancement talent that had been enjoying an SNL clip of Michael Che and Colin Jost backstage when they were caught in the act by Braun Strowman, who dubbed them Michael and Colin, and vowed to destroy them.
As promised, Braun Strowman demolished both men, refused to allow himself to win via count-out, and threw them back in the ring to continue the punishment. With a double powerslam, Braun Strowman finally put the duo out of their misery.
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Demon Returns
In the ring for an interview regarding his Intercontinental Championship Match at WrestleMania against Finn Bálor, Bobby Lashley and his hype man, Lio Rush, spoke of their total confidence in Lashley’s ability to defeat Bálor. Rush went as far as to say that Jinder Mahal and other helping hands of the past were dead weight; Lashley was better off without them.
When asked about the possibility of The Demon making an appearance at Mania, Lashley claimed that it made no difference to him which of Bálor’s personas came to the ring on Sunday, Finn Bálor was only a man either way.
Finn Bálor appeared on the big screen and said that his demon would become Lashley’s nightmare at WrestleMania. The fog surrounding him continued to thicken, and when he came back into view, he was no longer Finn Bálor, he was The Demon King.
Rey Mysterio vs. Baron Corbin
To gain retribution for his friend, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio took on Baron Corbin. Despite Corbin’s massive size advantage, he struggled to gain any momentum against the luchador.
When Corbin found an opening, however, things went downhill quickly for Mysterio. Baron worked Rey’s knee, ragdolling him until he appeared to be close to unable to continue the match.
Mysterio caught Corbin unaware with a flurry of offense, but it wasn’t long before Baron had the upper hand once again. With a chokehold and a tiltawhirl DDT, Mysterio almost kept The Lone Wolf down, but Baron held on. Rey followed up with a 619, then tried for a splash, which Corbin dodged.
Mysterio tried for yet another attack, but was caught in a Deep Six and lost the match.
As Baron Corbin celebrated on the stage, he was attacked from behind by Kurt Angle, who trapped him in an ankle lock. Officials eventually separated the two with Kurt Angle standing tall.
Winner: Baron Corbin
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