The 04/15/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 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 #1351 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The McMahons Open Raw
The #SuperstarShakeUp is officially AWWWEEEESOOOMMMMEEEE!@mikethemiz is taking it to @shanemcmahon on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/4j6g25ykq7— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
Stephanie McMahon kicked off the Superstar Shakeup edition of Monday Night Raw, inviting her brother Shane to join her once she arrived in the ring. After taking a moment to torment Mike Rome and the Montreal crowd, Shane allowed Stephanie to explain what the Shakeup would entail.
Shane couldn’t pass up the opportunity to brag about his assault of Miz’s father at WrestleMania, so it was no surprise when The Miz’s music hit as Stephanie was about to announce the first Superstar to change brands.
Stephanie got out of dodge, but Shane prepared for a fight. Unfortunately, Shane expected Miz to come from the stage and was consequently attacked from behind. Miz beat Shane down with a steel chair, chasing him around the ring until Shane ultimately made his getaway up the ramp.
Aleister Black, Ricochet, Zack Ryder, and Curt Hawkins vs. The Revival and The Viking Experience
WOO! WOO! WOO! @ZackRyder is ROLLING! #RAW #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/Gp25yEhMkF— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 16, 2019
The NXT Tag Team Champions, The Viking Experience (aka War Raiders – change it back now, please), Erick and Ivar (…Hanson and Rowe), made their Raw debut to team up with The Revival.
New Raw Tag Champ, Curt Hawkins, started things off against Scott Dawson but soon tagged in his partner Zack Ryder, who helped him gain a near fall.
Ricochet tagged in, using tandem offense as well with his partner, Aleister Black, still focusing on Dawson. Dawson eventually fled to his corner and tagged in Dash, who beat Aleister Black down with the help of the other three men in his team.
With a quadruple back body drop from Black, Ricochet, Hawkins, and Ryder on The Vikings and The Revival, the champs and their teammates thought they had turned the tides, but Erick was not going to allow himself and Ivar to be defeated in their debut.
Ivar pummeled Hawkins with Erick, but Hawkins somehow mustered the strength to kick out. The Revival also double-teamed Hawkins, but again, he powered through. At this point, Zack Ryder relieved his partner, coming into the match full steam, trying to keep his winning streak going.
Both The Revival and The Viking Experience were (literally) kicked out of the ring, and chaos ensued from here until Zack Ryder was left alone with Ivar and Erick, where they landed their Fallout finisher, scoring the win for their team.
Winner: The Viking Experience and The Revival
Raw Gains a Cruiserweight
LUMBARS are about to be CHECKED on Monday Night #RAW, courtesy of @CedricAlexander! #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/Op7OG6ItNP— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
Along with Superstars moving between Raw, SmackDown Live, and NXT, the 205 Live roster was up for grabs as well, as Cedric Alexander was announced as the newest addition to Raw.
Finn Bálor vs. Andrade
Judges?— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
💯💯💯#RAW #SuperstarShakeUp @AndradeCienWWE pic.twitter.com/9h1RA8KVxy
Before the match, Zelina Vega and Andrade introduced themselves to the Raw audience. Andrade promised to speak to the Canadian crowd in their language (French), and managed a word or two before he slipped into Spanish, upsetting the crowd.
Andrade was obviously out to prove himself to the Raw roster, coming straight for Finn Bálor. Bálor turned things around with a dropkick, but when he attempted to follow it up with another kick from the apron, Zelina came between them, forcing Bálor to stop in his tracks, which allowed Andrade to attack him.
Finn Bálor “injured” his knees with a missed double knees attack, giving Andrade the opportunity to continue to gain momentum. Every time Bálor tried to make a come back, Andrade was there to cut him off.
Finn Bálor went for the Coup de Grâce, but Andrade rolled out of the way. Andrade went to attack Bálor, and Bálor caught him in a roll up, but could not put him away. Bálor ran to dive onto Andrade, which Zelina again tried to stop, but Bálor simply dove over her and onto her client.
While the referee was distracted with Andrade, Zelina Vega attacked Bálor, weakening him enough for Andrade to snag the victory with a hammerlock DDT once Bálor was back in the ring.
Which Legend Wants to Walk with Elias
FREAK. ACCIDENT.@reymysterio is getting a PAINFUL welcome to #RAW by @LarsSWWE… #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/F8Ci8kXbUX— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 16, 2019
Elias came to the ring to give Montreal one of his famous concerts, but before the music, he had to address the recent problem he’s run into – he can’t make it through a song without being interrupted by one legend or another. And as he is a legend himself, he could not understand why they would want to ruin such a great part of the show.
Continuing the trend, Rey Mysterio cut in on Elias’ stream of insults at the crowd, running Elias out of the ring. Mysterio was showing Montreal some love when Lars Sullivan interrupted.
Having seen Sullivan’s attack on several of his roster mates already, Rey Mysterio was ready, throwing a barrage of strikes the moment Sullivan arrived in the ring. Sullivan easily overpowered Mysterio, however, beating him down before throwing a brutal powerbomb and leaving him laid out in the ring.
The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode
You might say The @WWEUsos are getting a rather ROODE welcome to Monday nights… #RAW #SuperstarShakeUp @REALBobbyRoode pic.twitter.com/StjQj86XMr— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 16, 2019
Keeping their previous promise to employ as many underhanded tactics as it takes to win, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode spent much of the match bending the rules in their quest to defeat The Usos, specifically Jey Uso, who they prevented from tagging out as long as possible.
When Jimmy Uso finally got the hot tag, he got a little bit of payback for his twin, but it wasn’t long before Gable and Roode had the upper hand once again. With a blind tag to Jey, however, The Usos rapidly gained steam until they were set up for the double splash, landing directly on Chad Gable, winning the match.
Winner: The Usos
A Moment of Bliss: Sami Zayn
This is CERTAINLY a #MomentOfBliss for Montreal!#RAW #SuperstarShakeUp @SamiZayn pic.twitter.com/gDoPT9jxdN— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
Before settling down in his interview with Alexa Bliss, Sami Zayn took several moments to soak in the love, replaying his theme song no less than 3 times before riling up the crowd with Olé chants, bragging to Alexa that they were like fish in a barrel.
Sami talked about how much he loved being in Montreal, but how much he hated its people, saying the low point of his week was undoubtedly being in the room with a bunch of Quebecers.
Alexa Bliss, upset that Sami said he didn’t even want to do her show, asked if he was sure the problem with WWE was the fans and not him. Sami ran down the crowd some more before once again telling them he’d see them in hell and stalking off backstage.
The IIconics vs. Bayley and Naomi
We are officially FEELING THE GLOW on #RAW…@NaomiWWE is teaming up with @itsBayleyWWE to take on #TheIIconics! #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/lTHvbNJSXp— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
A distressed Bayley was shown backstage trying to get in touch with her tag partner, Sasha Banks, when The IIconics approached, mocking her for losing her teammate.
Bayley found a suitable replacement, welcoming Naomi to join her on the ramp as she made her entrance. After a short match, Bayley took out Peyton Royce with a Bayley to Belly while Naomi hit Billie Kay with her split leg moonsault, which won them the match.
Winner: Bayley and Naomi
EC3 vs. Braun Strowman
My goodness…@BraunStrowman just DESTROYED @therealec3! #RAW #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/YOmUJvVubE— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 16, 2019
Tired of being delegated to the background, EC3 demanded an opponent for the evening. And was given Braun Strowman. EC3 appeared to be rethinking his decision as he watched Strowman march toward the ring, but it was too late.
Braun Strowman absolutely ragdolled EC3, first in the ring, then up the ramp, then through the stage. The bell never rang, but Braun Strowman certainly stood tall after the encounter.
Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott
#DISARMHER spells the end for @RubyRiottWWE…#TheMan @BeckyLynchWWE is VICTORIOUS on #RAW! #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/xnXlJQCxLW— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
With Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan by her side, Ruby Riott attempted to make a statement against Becky Two Belts. Ruby held her own against the champ, coming close to defeating her more than once, but was caught in a Dis-Arm-Her.
Liv and Sarah saved Ruby from the submission, pulling her from the ring, but Becky Lynch followed, taking out Ruby’s entourage before throwing her back in and defeating her with a second Dis-Arm-Her.
The Riott Squad attempted to attack Becky post-match, but Becky overcame the ambush, standing proudly with her titles.
Winner: Becky Lynch
The Lady is Coming For The Man
“Now that I am OFFICIALLY on Monday Night #RAW, what I want is that Raw #WomensChampionship!” – @LaceyEvansWWE #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/vCgc2ylXx4— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
Becky Lynch still in the ring from her previous match, Natalya made her way down the ramp. Natalya said that she respected Becky Lynch, as well as Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, for their accomplishments, but that wouldn’t stop her from coming for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Becky Lynch responded by telling Natalya that she expected such a challenge, but before she could get much further, they were interrupted by Lacey Evans.
Lacey threw insults (in the most ladylike voice possible) at both women before challenging Becky for her Raw Women’s Championship. As there were now two contenders, Lacey Evans and Natalya would compete in a Number 1 Contender’s Match to determine who would face Becky.
Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
The #SassySouthernBelle @LaceyEvansWWE SOMEHOW got out of this #Sharpshooter… #RAW #SuperstarShakeUp @NatbyNature pic.twitter.com/OV9bcPDFzX— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 16, 2019
Lacey Evans seemed certain that she would easily defeat Natalya and move on to the champ, but she got a bit more of a challenge than she probably bargained for.
Evans took control rather quickly, but Natalya trapped her in a sharpshooter. Lacey escaped to ringside, and Natalya followed, throwing her back in the ring, but Lacey responded with a punch to the face.
With a brutal Lady’s Right moonsault onto Natalya, Lacey Evans became the #1 Contender for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and AJ Styles
Look at the #UniversalChampion go!#RAW #6ManTag @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/AQAZ4jtOLq— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019
As Dean Ambrose recently retired from the ring, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were forced to find an alternative opponent for their match against McIntyre, Lashley, and Corbin. The remaining two Shield members made a very wise choice, which was revealed when AJ Styles made his entrance.
Being a seasoned tag team, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns started off the match working together against Bobby Lashley. AJ Styles soon tagged in, and McIntyre, Corbin, and Lashley attempted to triple team him, but could not follow through with their plans, as he broke free, tagging in Roman Reigns.
Reigns and Drew McIntyre went one on one for several minutes, their feud from WrestleMania bleeding into this match. Once McIntyre felt he had sufficiently worn The Big Dog down, he tagged in Baron Corbin to continue the abuse.
Back from commercial, Baron Corbin was doing his best to defeat The Kingslayer, but Rollins refused to stay down. Rollins turned the tables with a blockbuster to Corbin, and he and his team gained momentum from there.
AJ Styles wore down both Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin, going for the Styles Clash on Lashley, but was caught with a Claymore Kick from McIntyre. Reigns tried to avenge his teammate with a Superman Punch, which was blocked by McIntyre.
McIntyre got out of the ring to taunt his opponents, however, where he was hit with a Drive-By from Reigns. Back in the ring, Seth Rollins hit Bobby Lashley with a Curbstomp as he was pinning AJ Styles.
Bobby Lashley was then floored with a spear from Reigns followed by a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles, who pinned him to take the victory.
Winner: AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #RAW— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) April 16, 2019